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Communication Partner Training for Paraeducators

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8/20/2019 7:57 PM

In my years as a teacher one thing I found daunting was training paraeducators to support students with complex communication needs. There's so much to learn, and the support that is provided is so critical to outcomes for these individuals. There's a growing body of research identifying interventions for various communication partners with parents and teachers being targeted most often. However, paraeducators are often the individuals that spend the most time with students with complex communication needs. What they do to support these students matters! So, how can educators and speech language pathologists ensure high quality supports from paraeducators? They can provide high quality training. Check out a sampling of the growing body of research related to interventions for paraeducators supporting children with complex communication needs.

Douglas, S. N. (2012). Teaching paraeducators to support the communication of individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication: A literature review. Current Issues in Education, 15(1). Link to the article here

Douglas, S. N., Light, J. C., & McNaughton, D. B. (2013). Teaching paraeducators to support the communication of young children with complex communication needs. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 33(2), 91-101. Link to the article here

Douglas, S. N., McNaughton, D., & Light, J. (2013). Online training for paraeducators to support the communication of young children. Journal of Early Intervention, 35(3), 223-242. Link to the article here

Pitman, D., Bellon-Harn, M. L., & Moody, S. (2016). Educational Assistants’ Use of ImPAACT for Increasing Message Selection and Turn-Taking with Children with Complex Communication Needs. International Journal of Speech & Language Pathology and Audiology, 4(2), 37-49. Link to the article here

Sennott, S. C., & Mason, L. H. (2016). AAC modeling with the iPad during shared storybook reading pilot study. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 37(4), 242-254. Link to the article here

Wermer, L., Brock, M. E., & Seaman, R. L. (2018). Efficacy of a Teacher Training a Paraprofessional to Promote Communication for a Student With Autism and Complex Communication Needs. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 33(4), 217-226. Link to the article here

And there's even more research coming to you soon. Check out this awesome development grant to create paraeducator focused training with teacher coaching for children with complex communication needs. It's currently under way. Link to the grant award here

What are you waiting for? Start implementing your paraeducator communication partner training today and see your the communication of your student grow tomorrow!

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