Paraprofessionals Role in FAPE
The question of how much training and/or supervision a paraprofessional has had, can distinguish a skilled paraprofessional from an ineffective one. The services and supports written into a child’s IEP will determine what kind of additional training and support a paraprofessional will need in order to appropriately serve the child.
For example, children who require Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy will likely need the support of a paraprofessional who is familiar with the techniques and strategies of ABA therapy. The failure to provide sufficient or appropriate supervision and training to such paraprofessionals could lead to liability for the school district.
School districts would do well to train their paraprofessionals working with special needs children. To learn how Scholastic Intervention Solutions can help, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org