Education Required: Graduation from high school or equivalent. College level training is desirable and incumbent employees are expected to avail themselves of specialized Adult School or college courses in this field, as prescribed by district policy.
Experience Required: Prior paid job-related experience in successfully working with exceptional and regular children in a learning situation.
Skills, Knowledge and/or Abilities Required: Knowledge of personal hygiene practices and procedures, and safety practices and procedures. Ability to understand the needs of children and possess a genuine liking for children; communicate with children and motivate them to participate in learning activities; learn to teach in special subject matter areas or to teach children who have special learning needs by watching teachers or specialists; develop and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with children and adults; understand and carry out oral and written instructions; supervise children in the classroom and out- of -doors; perform general clerical tasks and learn the operation of office equipment and devices; provide basic physical care to severely handicapped students.
Licenses, Certifications, Bonding, and/or Testing Required: CPR/First Aid Certificate, TB test clearance, criminal justice fingerprint clearance, and pre-employment physical and drug test.
1. Performs general duties and plays a major role in assisting the teacher in caring for the physical needs of the children.
2. Performs activities such as lifting and moving children, some of whom are in wheelchairs and diapers and some of whom have reached adult size.
3. Helps the children at lunchtime and carries on a habit training program in etiquette, hygiene, manners and development of skill in using eating utensils.
4. Assists teachers and occasional resource specialists, such as speech specialists or physical therapists in helping children to become as independent as possible.
5. Assists children with toileting and cleaning after toilet accidents.
6. Assists in the preparation of teaching aids and devices.
7. Confers with teacher in planning and counseling relative to problems being experienced by individual children.
8. Performs such routine tasks as diaper changing, toileting, lifting children from one place to another and arranging furniture and supplies.
9. Feeds children in conjunction with teaching them to hold a cup, swallow, chew, tolerate various textures, identify foods, reach and grasp, and feed themselves.
10. Assists teachers in providing close attention to every child in the classroom.
11. Protects the safety of others in the group.