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.

A paraeducators works one-on-one instruction with a child sitting at a bright yellow table

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!