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Para Professionals

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Stephanie Schremp

on 14 November 2016

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Transcript of Para Professionals

Para Professionals
Problem Solving
If issues arise, discuss concerns
directly
with the specific person(s) involved
Balanced discussion
Paras may need to be reminded of the importance of following the exact teacher plan
Meeting Common Goals Through Effective Teacher - Paraprofessional Communication
Compared to a dental hygienist
Alongside the professional, providing services
Same common goals
Communication
Regularly scheduled meetings
Written communication
"Pre-academic" year planning
Wrap Up
Many different roles
one to one
small group
large group
data collection
prep for teacher
reproducing materials
good communication with teachers
teachers conduct ongoing assessments for para-educators
have to work well with other teachers
confidentiality

Concluding Remarks
Consistent and positive supervision facilitates appropriate and effective instruction
Use a systematic approach to minimize typical challenges from supervising adults
Develop a shared philosophy to create a consistent coherent classroom environment
Schedule regular meetings to discuss expectations and student performance
Serna, R. R., Lobo, H. E., Fleming, C. K., Fleming, R. K., Curtin, C., Foran, M. M., & Hamad, C. D. (2015). Innovations in Behavioral Intervention Preparation for Paraprofessionals Working with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal Of Special Education Technology, 30(1), 1-12.
Resource
Para-educator video
Boomer, L. W. (2013). Meeting Common Goals Through Effective Teacher - Paraprofessional Communication. Retrieved November 3, 2016.

Resource
This article begins by stressing the high need for people to work with individuals, on the autism spectrum, with behavioral needs. The article talks about designing an online training program to help prepare paraprofessionals to work with individuals with behavioral issues. Instead of the typical online training programs this one includes more simulations and mentor/mentee training.
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