This Para Handbook is for any para or professional working with students with moderate to severe disabilities in a self-contained, life skills, functional skills, learning center, or autism program setting.
This manual has a PDF version and an editable version for your convenience to tweak for your school culture and district policies.
Table of Contents:
Getting Started (4 sheets: topics include classroom policies, new to the building, norms, and emergency procedures)
Roles and Duties (6 sheets: topics include clearly defined roles for administrators, educators, paraeducators, and teacher's assistants, do's and do not's)
Ethics and Inclusion (4 sheets: topics include confidentiality, respecting diversity, answering questions about disabilities, all students can learn)
(9 sheets: topics include disabilities related to the resource setting, teaching tips, and on the special education process)
Working With Students (6 sheets: topics include supporting social, emotional, behavioral, physical, intellectual development, motivation students, building rapport, and integrating technology)
Supporting Instruction (3 sheets: topics include using prompts, supporting teacher's instruction, checklist for small group instruction)
General Education Classroom (3 sheets: topics include establishing rapport with teachers, supporting instruction in the content area classroom, establish clear expectations with the general education teacher)
(13 sheets: topics include ignoring behaviors, extinction burst, giving specific praise, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, using rewards as motivator, prevention strategies, response strategies, inadvertently reinforcing unwanted behaviors, giving redirections, stating expectations, de-escalation, behaviors intervention plan, and functional behavior assessment)
Accommodations and Modifications (4 packets: topics include teacher's assistant and paraeducator roles, accommodations versus modifications, questions about adaptations, examples of adaptations)
Data Collection (2 sheets: topics include observation, and recording data)
Augmented and Alternate Communication (2 sheets: Key Terms and Tips)
Health and Safety (1 sheet)
Are you looking for a paraeducator handbook for the behavior program instead? Same topics but with the behavior program in mind. Check it out Here!
Are you actually looking for a para handbook for the resource setting? The same topics with a resource program in mind. It also has information on teacher's aids for schools who have both. Check it out Here!