Ohio Guidelines

Improving Results for All Children: Guidelines for Ohio Paraprofessionals Supporting the Education of Children with Disabilities and Learning Difficulties

The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of the role of paraprofessionals as instructional team members in the education of children and young adults with disabilities. The sections in this guide provide information about paraprofessional history, laws and definition; roles of teachers and paraprofessionals in the instructional process; introduction to special education and definitions of “disability;” and an introduction to key content related to the following four areas of essential professional competency for paraprofessionals:

  • Area 1: Essential Instructional Practices
  • Area 2: Classroom Organization and Behavior Management
  • Area 3: Team Member and Professional Behavior
  • Area 4: Supporting Students with Low Incidence Disabilities

In addition to the introductory content provided in these four competency areas, this guide offers practical information related to how paraprofessionals can effectively differentiate key features of their responsibilities in supporting instruction from those of their teacher colleagues. To engage users in interactive learning, this guide incorporates activities, reflections, checklists, and scenarios. Additionally, several resources are listed for further learning.

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