Paraprofessional - Esperanza School Chicago
Located in Chicago, Esperanza School is a private, therapeutic day school for students with autism and other developmental disabilities, including intellectual delays, cognitive impairment, as well as behavior needs. Our multidisciplinary team includes teachers, behavior therapists, social workers, nurses, occupational therapists and a speech and communication specialist. Our small class sizes (2:1 student to staff ratio) means that all students receive a high level of personal attention as they continue to reach new goals.
Esperanza School utilizes Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), an evidence-based, scientific approach to increasing desirable behaviors and decreasing undesirable behaviors. All students are also given a skills assessment to determine their strengths and weaknesses. Based on this assessment, specific foundational skills for learning are taught so as to further increase the students' academic success and daily independence.
In addition to the use of Applied Behavior Analysis, Esperanza School also utilizes Structured Teaching. Structured Teaching is an evidence-based, therapeutic tool that helps increase students understanding of their surroundings through the use of five basic principles. These principles include physical structure, scheduling, routine, work systems, and task structure.
Esperanza School – Paraprofessional
- Provide intense monitoring of student behavior as indicated on the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) and Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)
- Demonstrates initiative and creativity with students and their individual programs
- Supervise student at all times as indicated on the IEP to ensure the safety of students, peers and adults
- Escorts students to and from services throughout the school, as needed
- Provide support in crisis situations using Professional Crisis Management (PCM) when a student becomes a harm to themselves or others
- Provide verbal support, prompting, redirection and modeling in helping the student access the activities of the school’s curriculum, whether they be group or individual in nature
- Model and encourage appropriate use of communication modes used by the student
- Assist with the implementation of the teacher's daily lesson plans
- Assists with conducting student assessments as directed by classroom teacher or Behavior Therapist
- Work cooperatively with other paraprofessional, certified and licensed staff to facilitate positive interactions for the student with all staff and the ability to take instructions from a variety of school staff who are responsible for the student's education
- Assists with setup of classroom and prepares materials for specialized instructional units as needed
- Other duties as assigned
- Illinois State Board of Education Paraprofessional Approval or Substitute License required
- Ability to lift 30 pounds required
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing
Esperanza Community Services is an equal opportunity employer. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities.