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Speech & Behaviour Specialist
HeadStart Speech & Behaviour Clinic - London 
£12.50 an hour

We are recruiting Speech & Behaviour Specialists for our clients in greater London. HeadStart Speech & Behaviour Clinic provides you with a job that offers continuous training, a level of independence and real job satisfaction.

The job role

The job role involves applying effective interventions called Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and Speech and language therapy to children and young people with Autism, Developmental language delay, and learning disabilities.

ABA is based on the theory of operant conditioning to teach children a variety of skills including cognitive skills, language skills, self-help skills, academics etc. ABA programme breaks goals into small steps which the child completes with the help of a team of ABA tutors and a Consultant Behaviour Analyst.

The role involves 1:1 work within a small team which meet once every month. You will help a child/young person gain skills and you will gain experience with recording data, enhancing your communication skills, and gain a lot of experience working with children with a range of needs.

Candidates must have a friendly fun personality, drivers are preferred but not essential but you must be willing to travel. We are looking for people who are able to use their initiative and enjoying working with children. The job requires a high amount of energy and enthusiasm to ensure the children stay motivated.


  • Improving the lives of children and young people with learning disabilities/ difficulties.

  • Working 1:1 with children and young people with ASD, DLD and LD in their homes and schools

  • Supporting families and schools to deliver 1:1 for their children

  • Taking day-today data to support progress

Desired experience

  • Experience as an ABA tutor

  • Knowledge about child development

  • Experience as a Speech, Occupation therapist assistant

  • Experience as a teaching/ learning support assistant

Essential experience

  • Have at least 12 months working with children or young people with learning difficulty

Essential skills

  • Speak and write in fluent English

  • Proactive and able to use own initiative

  • Can work independently

  • Can use Microsoft programmes (Word and Excel)

  • Be willing to undergo a DBS check and complete safeguarding training

  • Creative and able to work with a range of learning needs

Desired education

  • Degree and or a diploma in psychology, health and or social sciences

Essential education

  • 5 GCSE's must include maths and English-grade D and above.

Benefits of working with HeadStart Speech & Behaviour Clinic

Contract and Pay

The job is a 0 hour contract for the first months of probation. Providing you pass your probation you will be offered a permanent pay as you earn (PAYE) salaried job. Once you start to work with families you will have confirmed weekly hours. All candidates will start on £12.50 an hour, unless you have previous ABA experience (We will discuss your pay if you pass the first stage of interviews). Each candidate has potential to progress from the starting point of a trainee Speech & Behaviour Specialist to a Senior SBS. We ask that all candidates commit to a minimum of 18 hours per week.


You must be based in or willing to travel to client locations in within London (e.g. zone 1-6) and a driving licence would be preferred but not essential. Travel fare and or travel time is not covered by the company.

Clinical Supervisor

  • 30 min supervision every 6-8 weeks

  • support progress through the tutor performance assessment

  • feedback on strengths and weaknesses.

Comprehensive 18 month training programme

  • -All SBS’ are entered onto the Headstart Training programme

  • -Skill specific and ABA and SaLT focused.


  • You will be assigned a mentor who will support you with non-clinical queries.

  • You can contact them whenever you want they are not likely to be you clinical supervisor

Peer Support

  • We have an online messenger for tutor to talk about ideas and experiences with each other.

Refresher Training

  • You will receive refresher and ongoing training every 4-6 months.

RBT Qualification

  • If you stay with the company for 12 months you will be entered onto the RBT qualification course free of charge. (you will be expected to stay with the company for an additional 18 months)

Bonus scheme in the company

  • If you stay with us for more than 18 months you will be entitled to access a certain percentage of allocated profits in the company. That means at the end of each year you will receive a portion of the profits.


  • You will receive a t-shirt and lanyard to wear when working with our company.

Reinforcer bag

  • You receive a reinforcer bag which you should take with you when you work.

  • We will also arrange a reinforcer exchange with other Specialists during the refresher training times

Holiday/ Sick pay/ insurance

  • Depending on hours worked you will be entitled to holiday day

  • 5 days of sick pay

Career path within the company

We want to hear from you!

  • Trainee Speech & Behaviour Specialist

  • Speech & Behaviour Specialist

  • Senior Speech & Behaviour Specialist

  • Trainee Consultant

  • Consultant

Job Hiring process

Round 1-Application process

  • Applications will be reviewed and accepted or rejected

Round 2-Group interview/ assessment

  • You will be asked to take part in a group interview

  • You will be asked to complete a short group activity

Round 3 – individual interview

  • You will be invited to take part in an individual interview with a representative from HeadStart, along with the specific client(s) you applied for, at their home address.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £12.50 /hour


  • Childcare: 1 year (Required)


  • GCSE or equivalent (Required)


  • London, Greater London (Required)


  • English (Required)