Job Description / Essential Elements:
CLASS TITLE: STUDENT ATTENDANT - SPECIAL EDUCATION
Under the direction of an assigned supervisor, assist a certificated teacher in providing instructional support, child / health care activities and prescribed specialized on-to-one services to an individual student placed in a special education program because of specific learning disabilities, severe emotional and behavioral issues, orthopedic disabilities and/or other limiting conditions; monitor and report student progress regarding behavior and performance; perform a variety of clerical and instructional duties in support of the instructional program as required by the disabling/limiting condition of the student and according to his or her established Individual Education Plan (IEP). The goal of this position is to help students become independent learners so they no longer need a one-to-one attendant.
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Medically Fragile, Physically Handicapped, Emotionally/Behaviorally Disturbed, Other Severe Learning Impairments
Assist a certificated teacher in providing instruction to students in an assigned special education program such as Severely Emotionally Disturbed (SED), Special Day Class (SDC), orally/aurally, or other special education assignment, mainstreamed class, physical education, recess, lunch, or other activities as assigned.
Provide personal care or health assistance to individual special education students in any setting to which they are assigned. Attend all required training in order to perform tasks required in individual plans.
Assist students in understanding and comprehension of classroom assignments; explain errors and answer questions to reinforce the main lesson plans; assist students with problem-solving tasks, reading, English and other assignments.
Reinforce instruction to students with physical handicaps, medical conditions, learning disabilities, communication and /or behavioral issues; confer with and take direction from teachers, counselors, psychologists, nurses and administrators concerning programs and materials to meet the individual needs of special education students.
Assist in the management and shaping of student behavior through the use of positive behavior management and reinforcement strategies.
Maintain order and direct group activities of students as assigned; monitor, observe and control behavior of students; report progress and concerns regarding student performance and behavior to the teacher; supervise students while the teacher is temporarily out of the classroom.
Prepare instructional materials as directed by the teacher; administer and score a variety of tests and assist in maintaining student files, progress reports and records.
Perform a variety of clerical duties; maintain the confidentiality of records and information related to students and parents; maintain inventory and requisition materials and supplies as needed.
Assure the health and safety of students by following health and safety practices and procedures; assist students with general first aid and medical needs; assist students in emergency and fire drill procedures; assist in maintaining a clean and orderly learning environment.
Operate personal computers or other specialized equipment to assist students with learning exercises; demonstrate proper operation of keyboards and software applications; interpret on-screen instructions to students; review, correct and copy assignments, update student information and student IEP progress.
Accompany teachers and students on field trips and other student-related extra-curricular activities as assigned.
Participate in staff meetings and in-service training programs as assigned.
Perform related duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Child guidance principles and practices, especially as they relate to special needs students.
Basic subjects taught in District schools, including arithmetic, grammar, spelling, language and reading.
Principles and techniques of providing instructional assistance to
individuals in a variety of subject areas.
Basic techniques for measuring student progress.
Safe practices in classroom and playground activities.
Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
Oral and written communication skills.
Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
Basic personal computer operation.
Basic record-keeping techniques.
Appropriate classroom procedures and conduct.
Assist a certificated teacher with instruction in an assigned special education program.
Work with severely and mildly disabled and emotionally disabled students.
Assist with the development of students social skills through an integrated program based on individual needs.
Learn instructional techniques appropriate for assigned handicapped/disabled students.
Learn and utilize various modes of teaching for students' specialized needs.
Follow the lesson plans and make necessary adjustments to facilitate individual student needs.
Learn behavior modification, disciplinary techniques and specialized physical health care needs of students.
Demonstrate a patient, understanding and receptive attitude toward children with
special needs, including those with disruptive emotional characteristics.
Understand and follow oral and written directions.
Learn the procedures, functions and limitations of assigned duties.
Operate a personal computer and assigned software applications.
Work independently with minimal direction and work confidentially with discretion.
Communicate effectively with children, parents and other adults.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, parents, and faculty.
Understand and apply rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
Speak and write properly in English.
Perform clerical duties such as filing, duplicating and maintaining records.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Any combination equivalent to: graduation from high school and one year of experience working in a special education program or in an organized setting.
LICENSES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Some incumbents may be required to possess knowledge of Braille or languages other than English. Maintain current CPR and First Aid certification.
Pass the pre-employment Instructional Assistant Exam
Diversified special education classroom / school site environments.
Vision to monitor students during classroom activities, hearing and speaking to exchange information and provide assistance to students, bending at the waist, walking and standing for extended periods of time, and dexterity of hands and fingers to operate specialized equipment or office equipment. Physical agility to move quickly; ability to lift and carry 25 pounds.