Children or young persons with special educational needs (SEN) are those with learning difficulties or disabilities that slow down their ability to learn and acquire basic skills compared to children and young people their age. Due to their condition, they will require extra help to progress in their education. Among those who are qualified to extend support to students with SEN within the school setting are paraprofessionals.
Traditionally, paraprofessionals offer one-one-one assistance to students as well as support that was primarily clerical in nature. However, as classrooms become more inclusive, they are now taking on more prominent roles in the instruction of students with SEN. Their expanded responsibilities include providing instructional support to small groups of students, collecting student information, coordinating with teachers and other school personnel, assisting in planning and modification of learning materials, implementing behaviour management solutions, and providing personal care assistance to students.
With the range of learning support paraprofessionals are expected to provide, it is essential that you are aware of instructional procedures and practices in order to become more capable in assuming this role. Equally important is for you to have foundation knowledge in SEN, so that you can collaboratively work with teachers and other school personnel in meeting the needs of all students in the classroom environment. You can prep yourself up for this career path and get to know what it entails through this course.
What the Course Covers
The course offers an abundance of information and ideas that will prepare you to work as a paraprofessional, and will enhance your ability to provide quality support to SEN students. Going through the lessons of this study will introduce you to topics such as:
Working with parents, teachers and other school personnel