ROLE AND PURPOSE:
Help meet physical and instructional needs of individual students with disabilities inside and outside classroom. Assist with the implementation of Individual Education Plans (IEP), including self-help, behavior management, and instruction programs. Work under general supervision of principal and immediate direction of certified teacher.
High school diploma or equivalent.
Ability to work well with children with disabilities.
Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
Knowledge of general office equipment.
Two years of experience working with children.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
1. Upholds and enforces school rules, administrative regulations, and state and local board policy.
2. Assists students with physical disabilities according to their individualized needs, including transferring to and from wheelchairs, lifting, or positioning.
3. Assists students with physical needs and personal care including feeding, bathroom needs, and personal hygiene.
4. Assists in managing the behavior of students and crisis intervention, including restraining disruptive or dangerous physical behavior as needed.
5. Assumes responsibility for learning and adapting to each student's special medical, physical, communicative, and emotional needs.
6. Works with assigned students or small groups to develop motor skills and conduct instructional exercises assigned by the teacher.
7. Assists in supervising students throughout the school day, both inside and outside the classroom, including lunchroom, bus duty, and playground.
8. Keeps the teacher informed of any special needs or problems of individual students.
9. Assists the teacher in preparing instructional materials and classroom displays.
10. Assists in maintaining a neat and orderly classroom.
11. Assists in inventory, care, and maintenance of equipment.
12. Assists the teacher in keeping administrative records and preparing required reports.
13. Provides orientation and assistance to substitute teachers.
14. Maintains confidentiality.
15. Participates in staff development training programs, faculty meetings, and special events, as needed.
16. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Wheelchairs, walkers, braces, communication devices and other adaptive equipment, computer, printer, copier, typewriter, audiovisual equipment.
MENTAL DEMANDS: Ability to communicate effectively (verbal or written); understands verbal instructions; maintains emotional control under stress.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Frequent standing; stooping; bending; kneeling; pushing and pulling; regular heavy lifting of students. Biological exposure to bacteria and communicable diseases.