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Fading Supports

Fading refers to gradually removing the services and supports provided to promote student independence and social inclusion.

As paraprofessionals engage in a variety of tasks, the major focus of their time is providing academic and behavioral support for students with disabilities in the classroom. Some tasks will require an ongoing level of support for certain students (e.g., personal care), and others will require the paraprofessional to remain close as they engage with the student and then naturally decreased their engagement little by little to promote independence and social inclusion.  When discussing how we train and use paraprofessionals within a classroom setting, we rarely, if ever, include a conversation on how a paraprofessional can begin to fade their support. Fading refers to gradually removing the services and supports provided to promote student independence and social inclusion. 

 

Course Objectives-

S 2.1

Support student’s independence, self-advocacy, positive sense of identity, self-control, and self-reliance under the guidance of the instructional team

K 3.3

General knowledge of principles of inclusive practices for students with disabilities

K 3.4

Individual learner characteristics as the primary basis for instructional programming and decision making, rather than disability categories or educational placement

K 3.7

Effects of paraeducator’s proximity and fading of paraeducator support on student engagement, learning and independence



S 3.2

Support a safe and equitable learning environment that honors diversity and inclusion under the guidance of the instructional 

team


S 4.1

Record objective and accurate data using collection procedures determined by the instructional team


S 5.7

Modify pace of instruction and provide organizational cues under the guidance of the instructional team


S 5.8

Make responsive adjustments to instruction under the guidance of

 the instructional team



S 5.9

Provide least intrusive levels of support, fade support, and fade physical proximity from students with disabilities under the guidance of the instructional team

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