TITLE: Teacher Assistant/ 1:1 Aide
SUMMARY: Assists teacher of the handicapped in planning and executing educational programs for assigned class.
REPORTS TO: Principal
- Assists in all areas of instruction including daily routines, academics, specials, assemblies, daily living skills, therapy groups, including aquatic and hippo therapy, and any other appropriate classroom and school activity. Assists students with daily living skills, feeding/eating, toileting and special classes. Fosters student independence, socialization and self-esteem.
- Assists in adapting instructional activities and materials according to learner needs and individualized programs. Assists teacher in preparation of art displays, instructional materials, bulletin boards etc.
- Follows through on directions and student program requirements; able to work independently and with minimal direction for daily routines and lessons/activities. Responds appropriately to input and direction from teachers and other team members. Demonstrates initiative.
- Follows written and oral directions and instructions, seeking clarification when needed. Work with individual students, small groups and large groups.
- Demonstrates effective strategies, as per school guidelines, for management of student behavior.
- Assists students arriving and departing from buses. Supervise students according to bus duty schedule.
- Supports and carries out within the classroom recommendation from therapists including sensory diets, feeding plans, AAC communication strategies and meeting therapeutic IEP goals. Follows safety procedures and guidelines with adaptive equipment, wheel chairs, special standers, walkers, strollers and other pieces of equipment, seeking guidance when needed.
- Acts as a good role model by maintaining appropriate classroom behavior and conversation in front of students and visitors at all times. Maintains a positive and cooperative attitude at all times.
- Is prepared and punctual for meetings, conferences and trainings.
- Performs other related tasks as required
Ability to relate well to children with disabilities and to establish relationship with child with unique special needs; to learn and understand each child's individual needs and to carry out program objectives; to learn use of and operate adaptive equipment; to perform strenuous physical activity including supporting, lifting, and transferring a minimum of 50 pounds ; to communicate effectively in English both verbally and in writing; to adhere to personnel policies and procedures; to establish and maintain proper working relationships with children, supervisors, administrators and parents; to maintain a safe working environment and adhere to universal health precautions
High School graduate, college coursework, Substitute Certificate (or eligible) or experience in a similar position/school, previous experience with children with special abilities preferred; fingerprint examination and criminal history check and approval.
In addition, basic ASL (American Sign Language) is a highly preferred skill for this position