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This 200 page user-friendly, easy to read training manual is divided into two parts. Part One is a “short course” on autism spectrum disorders (ASD) for people “in the trenches.” Part Two takes a “cookbook style” look at the art and science of paraprofessional support for students with ASD and those with other cognitive impairments. Jam-packed with examples, and summary “take home” messages, How To Be A Para Pro contains specific information on four separate categories of support: Peripheral, Direct Academic, Social / Play & Leisure, and Behavioral, as well as Data & Record-Keeping forms and ideas. Special features include a blueprint for determining the optimal level of caregiver support and ways to reduce prompt dependency, an abundance of reproducible record-keeping forms, and “how-to vignettes” to aid in the application of skills.
James Ball, Ed.D., Director, Youth Consultation Service, Sawtelle Learning Center, Montclair, NJ
The one book every paraprofessional who works with students within the autism spectrum should have. Part One: Autism Spectrum Disorders 101: A Short Course is concise and highlights the essential information every paraprofessional should know when working with students within the autism spectrum. Part Two: The Art and Science of Being a Para Pro, utilizes a cook book format, making it quick and easy to access information, allowing for immediate reference. Real-life examples and proven strategies make this book not only user friendly but immediately effective for all paraprofessionals who use it. A one of a kind!
Barry M. Prizant
Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Childhood Communication Services, Cranston, RI
Dr. Diane Twachtman-Cullen has fulfilled an enormous need in writing a manual that directly addresses the crucial role of paraprofessionals.This manual succeeds at many levels. It is chock full of insights, tips, and anecdotes that bring alive the everyday challenges faced by paraprofessionals, and also provides strategies to address the most common and perplexing challenges. Written in an engaging and personal manner that transcends differences in program approach or philosophy, this manual will be an invaluable resource and core reference for all educational staff those who are paraprofessionals and those who train and work with paraprofessionals.
Carol Gray, Editor, The Morning News, Jenison, MI; Developer, Social Stories How To Be A Para Pro is a book that must find its way to every school district, every school, and every classroom where children with autistic spectrum disorders are educated Regardless of the page number, the goal of this volume never falters from view: placing information in the critically important hands of the paraprofessional If applause can be silent and verbally unexpressed, Diane will ultimately know the applause of children who experience educational environments that are trained, understanding, and supportive of their efforts to learn. Simply stated, this is a very important book for paraprofessionals, educators, and the children they serve.
How To Be A Para Pro is a book that must find its way to every school district, every school, and every classroom where children with autistic spectrum disorders are educated…Regardless of the page number, the goal of this volume never falters from view: placing information in the critically important hands of the paraprofessional…If applause can be silent and verbally unexpressed, Diane will ultimately know the applause of children who experience educational environments that are trained, understanding, and supportive of their efforts to learn. Simply stated, this is a very important book for paraprofessionals, educators, and the children they serve.
Part One – Autism Spectrum Disorders “101”: A Short Course for People in the Trenches
Chapter 1 – Getting to Know Your Student: The Autism Spectrum Disorders Continuum
Chapter 2 -- Getting to Know Your Student: Atypicalities in Social Understanding and Expression
Chapter 3 -- Getting to Know Your Student: Impairments in Communication and Language
Chapter 4 -- Getting to Know Your Student: Restricted Repertoire of Interests and Activities; Problems with Imagination
Chapter 5 -- Getting to Know Your Student: Abnormal Response to Sensation
Chapter 6 -- Getting to Know Your Student: Theory of Mind; Information Processing; Executive Function
Chapter 7 -- Getting to Know Your Student: High Functioning Autism or Asperger Syndrome: Does it Really Matter?
Part Two – The “Art and Science” of Being a Para Pro
Chapter 8 – General Overview of Paraprofessional Support: A New Breed for a New Century
Chapter 9 – You’re in the Trenches Now: The “Science” of Being a Para Pro
Chapter 10 -- You’re in the Trenches Now: The “Art” of Being a Para Pro
Chapter 11 – Sample Supports and Accommodations for Students with Special Needs
Chapter 12 – A “Wrap Up” Potpourri: Melding Art with Science