Introducing our comprehensive and essential three-part video series (PLUS HANDBOOK): “Understanding Autism: A Guide for Paraprofessionals & Other Support Staff.” Designed specifically for paraprofessionals, paraeducators, and educational assistants working with young autistic children, this series is your ultimate resource for building a strong foundation in supporting young autistic children.
In today’s rapidly evolving educational landscape, we understand the challenges that come with supporting students on the autism spectrum. That’s why we’ve meticulously compiled the most important and relevant information, creating a video series that will empower you with the knowledge and tools needed to make a significant impact in the lives of these little learners.
The series covers a wide range of critical topics, including:
- Understanding Autism: Delve into the fundamentals of autism, exploring its characteristics and how it impacts the lives of individuals. Gain insights into the neurodiversity movement, embracing a more inclusive perspective on autism.
- Responsibilities and Roles: Learn about the crucial role paraprofessionals play in the education and support of autistic students. Understand the roles of special education teachers and related service providers in creating a supportive environment.
- Implementing Effective Strategies: Discover evidence-based strategies to foster a positive and nurturing learning environment for autistic children. From data collection and presuming competence to supporting play and managing behaviors, this part of the series equips you with practical techniques to facilitate growth and development.
Key Topics Covered:
- Identifying indicators of autism, aiding early recognition and intervention.
- Strategies for communication, including echolalia and gestalt language.
- Promoting meaningful relationships, focusing on relationship-first approaches.
- Proactively managing challenges such as transitions, toileting, and dependency.
- Utilizing visual supports, AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication), and visual schedules for enhanced learning experiences.
- Strategies for self-regulation and coregulation to prevent meltdowns
This video series will be the first step in becoming equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to support and empower autistic children in reaching their full potential.
More About The Handbook: In this 60-page para handbook, you will be able to pick and choose the information that you want to share with your paraprofessionals. You can start with the most important topics and skills for your classroom and add to them throughout the year. It’s a great way to provide ongoing training. For example, start with 15 pages at the beginning of the school year and add a few new pages each month. Each topic is easy to digest with simple bullet points. You can extend the conversation from there if needed.
What is autism?, The Neurodiversity Movement, The infinity symbol vs puzzle piece, Indicators of autism, Roles of a special education teacher and related service providers, Para ethical responsibilities, Parts of an IEP, Our beliefs, Data collection, Presuming competence, Echolalia, Gestalt language, Eye contact, Relationship first, Be proactive, Transitions, Less talking, Dependance, Toileting, Carrying kids, Prompting, Hand under hand, Wait time, AAC, All done bucket, Wait mat, Start chart, Visual schedule, Transition object, Special interests, Supporting play, Behavior, Meltdowns, Behavior plans, Sensory, Coregulation, Self-Regulation, Glossary of terms
► IEP at a glance Tip sheet for students Roles and duties page Student list Behavior plan at a glance
► for you to add your own topics and information for the handbook
► to post around your room to provide motivation and reminders to all staff
Note: The handbook is a pdf download. It is not a physical copy of the handbook.
- you may use the link to the video series to train support staff for one classroom/program (it is okay to send the link to those paras/educational assistants/support staff to view )
- you may print and/or send a copy of the Para Handbook to the support staff in one classroom
- please do not share this link to the video series of the handbook with other teachers or classrooms, but rather refer them to Autism Little Learners to purchase their license
- if your district would like to buy multiple licenses at a discount or a site license, please have them contact Tara at firstname.lastname@example.org