How Much Training is Required
for a Classroom Aide?

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ISSN: 1538-320
December 17, 2013

paraprofessional with studentOur son has autism. The school plans to have an aide provide most of his special ed services.

The school says the aide doesn’t need formal training or experience because she will be supervised by a highly qualified special ed person.

You will need to educate those people who think using a paraprofessional to educate a child with autism is a good idea.

You won’t do this by waving the law at them, although you can use the law to frame questions.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you learn when and how to provide information from acceptable sources – professional educators and people who train educators and administrators - about appropriate paraprofessional support.

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Using a Parapro to Educate a Child with Autism - Good Idea?

What happens when the "least qualified personnel are assigned to provide the bulk of instruction and support to students with the most challenging learning characteristics?"

How much training is required for a classroom aide?

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Using an Aide to Support LRE in the General Classroom

Can I Demand a Paraprofessional in the Classroom for my ADHD Child?

The short answer is, no. However, the school is required to provide FAPE in the "least restrictive environment" - maybe an aide could do that.


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Can We Write our Parapro's Name in the IEP?

Your child has a right to a teacher (or para), but does not have a right to the BEST teacher or para.

The school doesn’t want to cave in to demanding parents, so you must take care when you approach this issue.


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