Special Education Paraprofessional
Job Summary: Under the direction of licensed special education instructional and/or related services staff, the Special Education Paraprofessional assists one or more students in accomplishing activities of daily living; instrumental activities of daily living, health related functions; redirection and intervention of behavior; and other tasks as are identified within assigned students’ IEPs. Special Education Paraprofessionals may be assigned to work with students who have special healthcare/medical needs, have behavior intervention plans or require other forms of specialized care. Assists teachers by working with individual students or small groups, and performing related work as assigned. Work is performed under the supervision of the Teacher and the general direction of the building Principal.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
-Works with individuals or small groups to reinforce material introduced by Teacher. Assists classroom teacher in performing specific duties as assigned or undertaking specialized tasks. May provide programmed practice activities and repetitions. Attends mainstream classes with students and adapts classroom material as needed. Advises Teacher on student issues.
-Provides assistance and support, as needed, to students in accomplishing activities of daily living; including, but not limited to: eating, toileting, grooming, dressing, bathing, transferring, mobility and positioning.
-Provides assistance and support, as needed, to students in accomplishing instrumental activities of daily living; including, but not limited to: meal planning and preparation, shopping, communicating by telephone or other media, and traveling from one location to another within the school and community.
-Provides assistance and support for student’s health related functions through hands-on assistance, supervision or cuing, as directed by the licensed School Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist or other health care professional.
- Observes, monitors and redirects student behavior. Assists in implementing behavior intervention plans as are specified in individual students’ IEPs.
-Provides supplemental tutoring, guided practice and other instructionally relevant activities to students as directed by the supervising teacher(s).
-Performs other comparable duties of a like or similar nature as assigned.
-Keeps abreast of changing developments, trends and educational technologies.
-Escorts students to special classes, library, therapy, etc. May assist students with loading and unloading buses. May administer medication and tube feedings when necessary.
- Maintains various records and confidential files, test scores and related records.
- Participates in in-service training programs, as assigned.
- Performs other related duties within the scope of the position as assigned or requested to contribute to the efficient operation of the Special Education Department and Willmar Public Schools.