Paraprofessional, Autism Job at Savannah-Chatham Country Schools, Savannah, GA

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  • Savannah-Chatham Country Schools
  • Savannah, GA

Job Description

PRIMARY FUNCTION: This position is responsible for providing educational support and personal assistance in an autism program classroom under the direction of the teacher. REPORTS TO: Principal SALARY SCHEDULE: G-6 WORK DAYS: 200 REQUIREMENTS: Education Level: High school diploma Preferred: Associates degree Experience, Skill, and Certification: Must meet Highly Qualified criteria for state licensure of either: - 2 years of college course credits; - Associates degree; or - Passing score on the state approved assessment. Demonstrable ability to reinforce material initially introduced by the teacher and to guide students with enrichment, remedial, and independent work as set up by the teacher Knowledge of general office computer software applications, as well as use of the internet Appropriate oral and written communications skills with students, parents, and co-workers Must have the physical ability, dexterity, endurance, and temperament to work with students having special needs NOTE: For certain student populations, position may require specialized training (SID/PID, autism); the ability to lift and physically manage students who may weigh over 100 pounds; the use of specialized equipment; the ability to assist with or perform personal activities such as feeding, toileting and diapering; or other special abilities. If necessary, these will be discussed in the interview. Preferred: Experience with the set up and operation of instructional equipment and materials Experience in managing the behavior of children Experience with children with special needs Duties and Responsibilities: Assists with instruction, using both the general curriculum and the modified curriculum (Unique Learning System), for assigned students in support of, and under the direction of, the Classroom Teacher. Instructs students 1:1, in small groups, in whole group, and during Discrete Trial Teaching sessions using the general or modified curriculum, in support of, and under the direction of, the Classroom Teacher. Prepares and engages in activities and supplemental lessons based on both the general curriculum and GSE Extended Content Standards, in support of, and under the direction of, the Classroom Teacher. Proctors the administration of the GMAS and/or GAA 2.0. Assists with physical needs and safety of students with autism, including but not limited to feeding, toileting, diapering, and lifting, under the direction of the Classroom Teacher. This may include other daily care routines as necessary. Prepares activities under the guidance of the Classroom Teacher including preparation of bulletin boards, displays, exhibits, and related classroom and school displays. Participates in in-service training programs, including Testing Protocols and trainings with service providers based on the specific needs of students, including but not limited to feeding protocols, lifting protocols, etc. Provides pertinent information to Classroom Teacher related to student Present Levels of Performance for preparation of IEP meetings. Assists with progress monitoring of IEP goals, under the direction of the Classroom Teacher. Reports pertinent information to Classroom Teacher which will ensure student safety and improved student academic outcomes when needed. Assists Classroom Teacher with non-instructional duties such as: breakfast/snack/lunch time, bathroom, and/or clothing routines, and procedures to ensure the supervision and safety of students. Assists individuals and/or small groups of students in various educational settings including general education classrooms, the media center, computer lab, and community-based instructional settings. Assists with clerical duties under the direction of the Classroom Teacher or Principal. Assists with instruction in the physical education program as necessary. Performs other duties as necessary for the effectiveness of the organization. Assists with implementation of student Behavior Intervention Plans. Supports and implements positive behavior strategies, including principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. Collaborates and cooperates with autism program support staff (BCBAs, autism interventionists) to ensure students receive positive behavioral supports. TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT Incumbents will be considered "at will. Appropriate pay will be determined based on the Grade 6 of the classified hourly scale and allowable experience as determined by Human Resources. The work calendar will be the 200 days classified calendar. This position is non-exempt. Rev. 01/2021 NON-ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES A responsibility is considered to be "non-essential" (for the purposes of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) if: it is shared between multiple incumbents in the job; or it could be performed by an employee in another job within the workgroup. Note the responsibility number from the list in the "Duties and Responsibilities" section for those responsibilities that could be considered "non-essential" based on this definition. Certain limited aspects of General Duties and Responsibilities items referenced in Section 1 (b) and (d) might be considered "non-essential" in a specific situation. Any request for accommodation must be reviewed on an "individual case" basis. PHYSICAL AND SENSORY DEMANDS Most jobs in the District have physical and sensory demands that can be described by one of the two categories noted below. For jobs that require more physical or sensory effort, please list the requirements in this section. The category applicable for this position is listed below. OFFICE Employees in this category are normally exposed to a typical environment. The employee has some control over the length of time sitting, standing, or ambulating. There are occasions that require the lifting or pulling of equipment or supplies, as well as bending, stooping, or stretching. There is frequent use of computers, telephone, and other standard office equipment, which includes reading, listening, writing, or speaking. There are few exceptional physical or sensory demands. EXCEPTIONAL PHYSICAL OR SENSORY DEMANDS (Check any that apply to this job and complete the required information.) [x] Occasional heavy lifting of up to 50 pounds etc. [ ] Frequent climbing up to ____ feet, and/or working on building roofs. [ ] Exposure to heavy dust, dirt, chemical or paint fumes, and other airborne matter. [ ] Exposure to extreme heat, electric current, hazardous chemicals or other potential hazards. [X ] Sitting or standing for extended periods with no control over rest periods. [X] Other: Incumbent must have a valid driver's license, reliable transportation, and ability to travel within the county as required by the job. [ X ] Other: Exposure to communicable diseases. May be exposed to infectious materials/diseases, chemicals, and/or solvents. Must be able to lift and transport students as necessary with assistance. " />

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