The Paraprofessional's Handbook for Effective Support in Inclusive Classrooms

Author: Julie Causton-Theoharis Ph.D.; Foreword Author: Paula Kluth Ph.D.

Format: Paperback, 144 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781557668998
Price: $32.95

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What does a great paraprofessional need to know and do? Find out in this handy survival guide, equally useful for the brand-new paraprofessional or the 20-year classroom veteran. Packed with friendly guidance, practical tips, and relatable first-person stories, this book reveals the best ways to provide effective, respectful services to students in inclusive classrooms.

Julie Causton-Theoharis, a teacher, professor, and educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience as a paraprofessional instructor, knows exactly how to help readers stop feeling overwhelmed so they can start making a difference. She answers all the urgent questions paraprofessionals have as they navigate their complex job in the inclusive classroom, showing readers how to:

  • provide skillful and subtle support to students while encouraging their independence
  • resolve challenging behavior in gentle and positive ways
  • find students' strengths and match support practices to them
  • fade their support
  • make informed decisions about content-specific accommodations, modifications, and adaptations
  • presume competence and keep expectations high
  • facilitate peer supports and friendships
  • partner with teachers, SLPs, psychologists, families, and other members of the educational team
  • relieve their own stress and avoid burnout

To help them master the daily ups and downs of the inclusive classroom, paraprofessionals will get ready-to-use practical content: tips for supporting students with specific disabilities, helpful question-and-answer sections, examples of successful problem-solving, a quick-guide to acronyms in education, easy ideas for improving teamwork, and more.

The essential guide for every paraprofessional—and a must-have for the educators and other professionals who support them—this empowering book takes the guesswork out of a critical classroom role and helps students with disabilities reach their full potential.

Click here to watch a recording of Dr. Causton's webinar "The Role of the Paraprofessional in the Inclusive Class"

Download a free and printable 'Paraprofessional job description' poster for your classroom


Review: The Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
"The focus of this text on the inclusive classrooms moves the field forward by articulating the advanced techniques needed by today's paraprofessionals."
Review: Research & Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities
"If we are to continue to focus on developing high-quality educational programs that ensure that students with disabilities experience rich and interesting curriculum within inclusive environments, then resources such as [this] must be used by educational teams."
Review: Special Needs Children
"This is a book that can give you a little inspirational push into advocacy."
Review by: Beth A. Ferri, Associate Professor & Coordinator, Doctoral Program in Special Education & Master's Program in Inclusive Special Education, Syracuse University
"Lively, smart, informative, practical, and thoughtful . . . provides a powerful set of tools for [readers] who seek to make a positive difference in the life of the classroom and the lives of students who learn there."
Review by: Douglas Biklen, Dean of Education, Syracuse University
"A book that everyone associated with inclusive education will want to read and talk about. Guaranteed, it will find an audience far wider than the paraprofessional. Parents, teachers, and school leaders alike will surely count it among their most valued resources."
Review by: Lou Brown, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin
"The best and most comprehensive information about the roles, responsibilities, and values of paraprofessionals."
Review by: Richard A. Villa, Bayridge Consortium, San Diego, CA
"Easy to read and understand, this valuable resource provides practical information and tips for paraeducators and their supervisors."
Review by: Kimber Malmgren, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Excellent . . . clarifies the important roles that paraprofessionals can take in the classroom - and provides a myriad of ideas and suggestions for helping educators meet the needs of students with disabilities in effective and enlightened ways."
Review by: Alice Udvari-Solner, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Curriculum & Instruction
"A must-read for all paraprofessionals and the supervisory staff with whom they work. It is a comprehensive yet accessible resource that honors and guides the work of paraprofessionals in today's diverse classrooms."

Table of Contents

About the Author
Foreword: Paula Kluth
  1. The Paraprofessional
  2. Special Education
  3. Inclusive Education
  4. Collaborating with Others: Working within a Team
  5. Rethinking Students: Presuming Competence
  6. Providing Social Supports: Standing Back
  7. Providing Academic Support
    Appendix: Useful Web Sites and Resources for Assistive Technology
  8. Providing Behavioral Supports
  9. Supporting You Supporting Them: Self-Care
    Appendix: Useful Web Sites and Resources for Assistive Technology

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