Tip #9: Gather knowledge about how the IFSP or IEP can support your child. What does your child do well, and what do they need help with? Be a partner in this process with the school staff and district specialists.
A paraeducator’s role in the classroom typically involves providing extra support during a teacher’s instruction to allow students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to participate in general education lessons.
If your child has an IEP and requires more support, a paraeducator may be assigned to work one-on-one with him or her. Paraeducators may also accompany your child to occupational therapy or on field trips.
Paraeducators may help students with their academic work, such as helping them understand assignments or assisting with special needs. They may also care for a student’s physical needs, including feeding, lifting, and moving.
Does your child work with a paraeducator? Paraprofessionals Appreciation Day is the first Wednesday in April each year – let them know how much they mean to you and your child!