Assists the special education teacher in providing for the physical and instructional needs of students with moderate to severe disabilities across school settings. Assist with implementation of instructional accommodations, modifications, and Individualized Education Programs (IEP), including self-help, behavior management, functional skills, and instructional programs. Work under general supervision of principal and immediate direction of certified teacher.
- High school diploma or GED
- Valid Texas educational aide certificate
- Ability to work with children with disabilities
- Ability to follow verbal and written instructions
- Ability to be patient, flexible, and versatile
- Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
- Knowledge of general office equipment
- One (1) year successful experience working with children
Major Responsibilities and Duties:
- Assist teacher in preparing instructional materials and classroom displays.
- Assist with administration and scoring of objective testing instruments or work assignments.
- Assist with inventory, care, and maintenance of equipment.
- Assist in keeping administrative records and preparing required reports.
- Work with individual and small groups of students to reinforce the instruction provided by the general education teacher in an inclusive setting or by the special education teacher in the life skills or resource setting.
- Assist classroom teachers in adapting materials to meet the individualized needs of the student(s).
- Work with individual students or small groups to conduct instructional exercises assigned by teacher.
- Keep teacher informed of special needs or problems of individual students.
- Help maintain a neat and orderly classroom.
- Help teacher keep administrative records and prepare required reports.
- Provide orientation and assistance to substitute teachers.
- Assume responsibility for learning and adapting to each student’s special medical, physical, communicative, and emotional needs.
- Assist students with physical disabilities according to their needs, including transferring to and from wheelchairs, lifting, or positioning.
- Regularly assists students with physical needs and personal care, including feeding, bathroom needs, and personal hygiene.
- Assist with monitoring and maintenance of medical devices that are needed to maintain the health and safety of students, if applicable.
- Help manage behavior of assigned students; as needed and according to district policy and guidelines.
- Work with individual students or small groups on IEP objectives and instructional exercises assigned by teacher.
- Help supervise students throughout the school day, inside and outside the classroom. This includes lunchroom, bus, and duty areas.
- Maintain confidentiality.
- Utilize effective communication skills; ensure that all interactions with students, district personnel, and parents are supportive, courteous, and respectful.
- Comply with all policies, operating procedures, legal requirements, and verbal and written directives.
- Participate in staff development training programs, faculty meetings, and special events as assigned.
- Comply with the Professional Code of Ethics and Standard Practices for Texas Educators.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Personal computer, copier, telephone, audiovisual equipment, laminator, di-cut machine, wheelchair lift, ramp, and other equipment as specified in student IEPs.
Mental Demands/Physical Demands/Environmental Factors:
- Maintain emotional control under stress.
- Occasional district and statewide travel.
- Occasional prolonged and irregular hours.
- Supervision of students may be required outside of the building and exposure for extended periods of time to various weather conditions may occur.
- Recognize and respond to crisis situations.
- Use of evidence-based techniques to appropriately de-escalate a crisis.
- Perform Nonviolent Crisis Interventions using de-escalation techniques and nonrestrictive interventions.
- Participate in bi-annual Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training on de-escalation techniques and nonrestrictive interventions.
- Work with frequent interruptions.
- Frequent standing, stooping, bending, kneeling, pushing, and pulling.
- Frequent heavy lifting of students – 50-80 pounds unassisted – 81-200 pounds assisted.
· Potential exposure to bodily fluids and communicable diseases.