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How to be a Para Pro A Comprehensive Training Manual for Paraprofessionals

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Book - How to be a Para Pro A Comprehensive Training Manual for Paraprofessionals

by: Diane Twachtman-Cullen

About the author:

Diane Twachtman-Cullen, Ph.D CCC-SLP is the executive director of the Autism & Developmental Disabilities Consultation Centre in Cromwell, Connecticut.

ISBN: 978-0-96665-291-8

Year: 2003

Publication Info: 200pp


Dr. Diane Twachtman-Cullen has fulfilled an enormous need in writing a manual that directly addresses the crucial role of paraprofessionals. This manual succeeds at many levels. It is chock full of insights, tips, and anecdotes that bring alive the everyday challenges faced by paraprofessionals, and also provides strategies to address the most common and perplexing challenges. Written in an engaging and personal manner that transcends differences in program approach or philosophy, this manual will be an invaluable resource and core reference for all educational staff – those who are paraprofessionals and those who train and work with paraprofessionals.



Part I: Autism Spectrum Disorders “101”: A Short Course for People in the Trenches. 1. Getting to Know your Student: The Autism Spectrum Disorders Continuum. 2. Atypicalities in Social Understanding and Expression. 3. Impairments in Communication and Language. 4. Restricted Repertoire of Interests and Activities: Problems with Imagination. 5. Abnormal Responses to Sensation. 6. Theory of Mind; Information Processing, Executive Function. 7. High Functioning Autism or Asperger Syndrome Does it Realy Matter? Part II: The “Art and Science” of Being a Para Pro. 8. General Overview of Professional Support: A New Breed for a New Century. Chapter 9. You’re in the Trenches Now: The “Science” of Being a Para Pro. Chapter10. The “Art” of Being a Para Pro. Chapter 11. Sample Supports and Accommodations for Students with Special Needs. Chapter 12. A “Wrap up” Potpourri: Melding Art with Science.



This is the only autism-specific book that I know of that is written specifically for those underpaid angels of the inclusive classroom, the paraprofessional aides. Certainly aides can read the numerous other books about teaching students with autism spectrum disorders and learn a great deal from them. But this book discusses some issues that do not come up in those other books, such as what the relationship should be between the aide and the teacher.


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