How To Be A Para Pro : A Comprehensive Training Manual For Paraprofessionals

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This 200 page user-friendly training manual is divided into two parts. Part One is a "short course" on autism spectrum disorders (ASD) for people "in the trenches." Part Two takes a "cookbook style" look at the art and science of paraprofessional support for students with ASD and those with other cognitive impairments.

Jam-packed with examples, and summary "take home" messages, How To Be A Para Pro contains specific information on four separate categories of support: Peripheral, Direct Academic, Social / Play & Leisure, and Behavioral, as well as Data & Record-Keeping forms and ideas. Special features include a blueprint for determining the optimal level of caregiver support and ways to reduce prompt dependency, an abundance of reproducible record-keeping forms, and "how-to vignettes" to aid in the application of skills.

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Dr. Diane Twachtman-Cullen has fulfilled an enormous need in writing a manual that directly addresses the crucial role of paraprofessionals...This manual succeeds at many levels. It is chock full of insights, tips, and anecdotes that bring alive the everyday challenges faced by paraprofessionals, and also provides strategies to address the most common and perplexing challenges. Written in an engaging and personal manner that transcends differences in program approach or philosophy, this manual will be an invaluable resource and core reference for all educational staff - those who are paraprofessionals and those who train and work with paraprofessionals. (Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Childhood Communication Services, Cranston, RI)

How To Be A Para Pro is a book that must find its way to every school district, every school, and every classroom where children with autistic spectrum disorders are educated...Regardless of the page number, the goal of this volume never falters from view: placing information in the critically important hands of the paraprofessional...If applause can be silent and verbally unexpressed, Diane will ultimately know the applause of children who experience educational environments that are trained, understanding, and supportive of their efforts to learn. Simply stated, this is a very important book for paraprofessionals, educators, and the children they serve. (Carol Gray, Editor, The Morning News, Jenison, MI; Developer, Social Stories)

OUTSTANDING - The one book every paraprofessional who works with students within the autism spectrum should have. Part One: Autism Spectrum Disorders 101: A Short Course is concise and highlights the essential information every paraprofessional should know when working with students within the autism spectrum. Part Two: The Art and Science of Being a Para Pro, utilizes a "cook book" format, making it quick and easy to access information, allowing for immediate reference. Real-life examples and proven strategies make this book not only user friendly but immediately effective for all paraprofessionals who use it. A one of a kind! (James Ball, Ed.D., Director, Youth Consultation Service, Sawtelle Learning Center, Montclair, NJ)

About the Author:

Diane Twachtman-Cullen is a communication disorders specialist and licensed speech-language pathologist specializing in autism, Asperger syndrome, and related conditions. She holds a Sixth Year Diploma in early childhood education, and a Ph.D. in special education. She is the author of a chapter on high-functioning autism and Asperger syndrome in the Division TEACCH series published in 1998, and also one that is soon to be published in Communication and Language Issues in Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder: A Transactional Developmental Perspective, edited by Amy M. Wetherby and Barry M. Prizant. In addition to Trevor Trevor, she is the author of the book A Passion to Believe: Autism and the Facilitated Communication Phenomenon. Dr. Twachtman-Cullen serves on several professional advisory boards, including the Panel of Professional Advisors of the Autism Society of America, and ASPEN of America, Inc. (Asperger Syndrome Education Network). She provides consultative services and training seminars internationally, on behalf of individuals with autism and Asperger syndrome.

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