Under the direction of an assigned supervisor, assist in data collection and monitoring of behavior support services; perform a variety of specialized learning techniques, communication strategies, and applied behavioral activities or techniques pertaining to the instruction of mild to severely handicapped students; assist in modeling the use of positive behavior support and intervention techniques for other staff.
Assist in educating identified special education children by performing a variety of specialized learning techniques, communication strategies, applied behavioral activities or intervention techniques pertaining to the instruction of moderate to severely handicapped students as described in the student’s IEP; assist students in achieving academic, social, emotional and behavioral goals; work individually and with groups of students.
Monitor student progress in identified areas; observe students and record appropriate data regarding academic and/or behavioral information.
Assist teacher with supervision of students in the classroom, on the playground, and on study/field trips; monitor students for “triggers” that lead to escalation of negative behavioral issues; redirect students’ aggressive behavior according to established techniques and procedures; protect students from aggressive students as needed and remove student to safer environment as necessary.
Assist in shaping student’s behavior through positive reinforcement strategies; assist in shaping of student’s communication skills through the use of a picture exchange system, pivotal response techniques or positive reinforcement strategies.
Assist in care of physical and self-help needs including diapering, toileting, feeding, lifting, and moving of children as needed.
Assist in meeting student’s needs in the areas of sensory impairment, sensorimotor integration, and fine or gross motor skills.|
Maintain a variety of service related records and prepare reports related to data; prepare behavior contracts.
Operate a computer and other standard office equipment; learn and use assistive technology and other specialized equipment; drive a vehicle to conduct work as assigned.
Attend IEP and other meetings, conferences and in services as related to assigned activities.
Assure the health and safety of students by following established practices and procedures; maintain learning environment in a safe, orderly and clean manner.
Administer first aid and CPR as needed.
Perform related duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Discrete trial methods, pivotal response techniques, picture exchange system, and other appropriate strategies and methods for shaping children’s behaviors.
Characteristics of a variety of disabilities.
Child abuse reporting and related regulations.
Data collection and usage.
Report writing related to data collection.
Records management, storage and retrieval.
Oral and written communication skills.
Interpersonal skills including tact, patience and courtesy.
Operation of a computer and other standard office equipment.
Implement individualized behavior plans as written on the IEP, documentation and follow-up procedures; maintain records and prepare reports.
Supervise students with behavioral aggressiveness.
Learn and utilize teaching aids, assistive technology or communication devices used by special education students.
Maintain confidentiality concerning students and their families.
Follow written protocols and procedures as specified.
Administer first aid and CPR as needed.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, parents, staff, and community agencies.
Operate a computer and standard office equipment.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Any combination equivalent to: graduation from high school and one year of experience implementing appropriate intervention techniques and strategies for handling and shaping challenging behaviors of disabled children in an organized setting.
LICENSES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
Possession of a current certificate in infant, child and adult cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and a certified Multimedia First Aid Card is required. Online certificates are not accepted. Maintain up-to-date certificates in first aid and CPR.
Some positions in this classification may require possession of a valid California driver’s license. Some positions in this classification may require incumbents to maintain qualification for automobile insurance coverage.
Completion of positive behavior support training with non-autistic students.
Driving a vehicle to conduct work.
Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate standard office and classroom equipment.
Sitting or standing for extended periods of time.
Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching to assist students.
Seeing to read a variety of materials and monitor student activities.
Hearing and speaking to exchange information.
Pushing, pulling, lifting and carrying supplies and equipment.
Reaching overhead and above shoulders.
Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 50 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Restrain students who become physically aggressive.
Potential exposure to communicable diseases and contact with blood and other body fluids.
Potential exposure to physical injury from aggressive behavior.