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Practical Strategies for Paraprofessionals Who Work with Students with Special Needs
Presented by Janet Hull
Specifically Designed for Paraprofessionals Who Work with Students with Special Needs, Special Education Staff, School Psychologists, and Administrators Serving Grades K-12
- Ready-to-use ideas for paraprofessionals and special educators for strengthening the achievement of students with special needs
- Highly practical strategies and tools for increasing the effectiveness of paraprofessionals working with students in a variety of support programs and educational settings
- Effective methods for monitoring and increasing student independence in inclusive settings and special education classrooms
- Powerful approaches for using positive discipline strategies to manage behaviors that impede learning
- Demonstrations, examples, activities, and an extensive resource handbook packed with specific strategies and resources to support students with special needs
Practical Ideas and Strategies
Paraprofessionals assigned to a classroom or as one-to-one assistants play an essential role in supporting students with special needs across all educational settings. More and more, IEP teams are electing to provide additional support to students with disabilities in the form of a paraprofessional.
The comprehensive strategies described in this seminar will provide paraprofessionals and special education teachers with dozens of useful, practical, proven techniques for increasing paraprofessional effectiveness in facilitating student achievement and increasing independence. Janet Hull has worked with paraprofessionals and special education teachers for more than 20 years. She has provided job-embedded staff development and coaching for paraeducators and the educators working with them on instructional techniques and strategies for increasing their job effectiveness.
You will leave this seminar with a new set of highly effective tools to use immediately when you return to your school – tools that will greatly assist you in improving the ability of all students to navigate and work independently in all educational settings.
Ten Key Benefits of Attending
- Increase Your Effectiveness as a Paraprofessional in Inclusive and General Education Classrooms
Ready-to-use strategies for working successfully with students with special needs in all educational settings … Practical ways to enhance your skills to better meet the needs of all students
- Navigate the Modification and Accommodation Maze
Learn how to select modification and accommodations that will enhance student learning … Specific suggestions for selecting accommodations and modifications for students experiencing difficulty taking notes, organizing their materials and establishing friendships
- Manage Challenging Behaviors that Impede Learning
Learn to identify antecedents that bring about challenging, noncompliant behaviors … How to cope with behaviors that interfere with the learning of all students
- Master the Art of Fostering Student Independence
Learn how to target areas of need and decrease behaviors leading to dependence … Outstanding approaches to fading student supports using a “Fade Plan” that addresses areas of transitions, academics, behavior, and self-help skills
- Acquire the Skills to Use a “Prompt Hierarchy”
Learn ways to use effective prompting to enhance student learning … Highly effective techniques for selecting methods of prompting from most to least intrusive
- Accelerate Student Capacity to Use Language to Enhance Learning
Learn innovative techniques for facilitating student participation in class discussions and cooperative learning activities … Ways to use language to enhance learning and understanding of key concepts
- Build Collaborative Relationships to Improve Results
Improve your ability to communicate with students, teachers and parents in order to build and maintain collaborative partnerships … Tips for providing purposeful information and insights that will assist you in doing what is best for students
- Collect Data Effectively and Efficiently: What, Where, When, How, and Why
Receive information on a variety of methods to collect data … How to match data collection techniques to information needed
- Learn How We Can be Even Better by Working Together
We will explore paraeducator relationships, strategies and suggestions on how to get your ideas across and work with others as a team
- Receive an Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant at the seminar will receive a resource handbook filled with strategies and techniques designed to support paraprofessionals working with grades K-12 students with special needs
Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately
Working as a Paraprofessional
- Effective ways to define the roles of the paraprofessional across multiple school settings
- Guidelines for adapting curriculum and modifying instruction and assignments
- Developing a clear understanding of the importance of student independence
- Practical ways to improve student independence through the use of a “prompt hierarchy”
- Effective, easy-to-implement methods for collecting data
- Tips for developing student portfolios that reflect student progress and student needs
Working with Other Adults
- Effective instructional techniques for two adults working with students in the same classroom
- Improving job satisfaction by taking the stress out of working in complicated, demanding instructional situations
- Tips for effective collaboration with other school staff and related service providers
Working with Students
- Innovative techniques to maximize the support you give to students with special needs
- Key ways to adapt curriculum and modify instruction
- Highly effective techniques to foster and maximize student independence
- Use of a “prompt hierarchy” to improve requisite learning behaviors essential for becoming lifelong learners
- Ready-to-use approaches to reducing the intensity, frequency and duration of prompts and supports
- Using effective strategies for encouraging student participation in classroom discussions and cooperative work groups
- Key ways to avoid “giving answers” to students you are supporting
- Proven ways to facilitate students’ interactions and friendships with peers
- Real life examples of techniques for fostering student independence in students with emotional, cognitive and medical disorders as well as in students with autism spectrum disorder
- Highly effective ways to build student confidence and self-esteem
- Outstanding suggestions for managing and improving student behaviors
A Message From Your Seminar Leader
Working with paraeducators has been an exciting and rewarding experience. After over 25 years of working closely with paraeducators, I recognize and celebrate the unique and critical role you play in the success for all students in our classrooms. When developing paraeducator trainings, I have actively sought suggestions from paraeducators describing areas in which they desire additional information and strategies for working with students. We all experience a sense of satisfaction and pride when our students make progress toward their IEP goals and increase skills of independence. The support that paraprofessionals provide is an invaluable asset to students, families and schools.
This seminar has been developed to address the concerns of paraprofessionals, educators and related service providers. One of the specific goals of this seminar is to improve the effectiveness and job satisfaction of paraprofessionals and teachers. In today’s educational settings, we are exposed to students with many unique needs, and often the expectations of families and school systems can seem overwhelming. In this seminar, I will provide many effective ideas for developing independent, functioning students, eliminating challenging behaviors, and modifying and adapting learning materials. We will work on ways to build stronger collaborative teams, improving data collection and strengthening instructional techniques. We will discuss ways for improving job satisfaction by taking the stress out of working in complicated, demanding instructional situations.
Please join your colleagues and me in an exciting day designed specifically for paraeducators and educators. You will leave this seminar excited, refreshed and ready to try new approaches and ideas. We will discuss real life examples and provide practical suggestions that will assist you in empowering students to build their capacity for learning independently and successfully.
Janet L. Hull
P.S. The tools and strategies that I’ll share are research-based and have been successfully used by other paraeducators and special educators in a variety of classroom settings. You will leave this seminar with renewed enthusiasm and a wealth of ideas that can be immediately implemented.
Who Should Attend
Paraprofessionals, Special Education Staff, School Psychologists, and Administrators serving Grades K-12.
Special Benefits of Attending
Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
- A host of practical strategies, tips and ideas for increasing student independence in the areas of behavior, academics, self-help/functional skills, and mobility/transitioning
- Descriptions of a “prompt hierarchy” and strategies for moving to less intrusive and less frequent prompting
- Forms that help align the IEP with paraeducator support and document student progress
- Highly effective methods for improving requisite learning/academic enabling behaviors and executive functioning skills
- Ready-to-use ideas for adapting content and materials to meet student needs
- Written examples that turn complex concepts into action
- Suggestions and guidelines for confidentiality and treating students with respect
Janet Hull will be available at the seminar to answer questions and address your unique needs in working with students with special needs to promote student independence.
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