Presenter: Ayo Jones, Noodle Nook
Core Area:
Instructional Planning and Delivery 1C, 1F; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2A, 2B; Learning Environment 4A, 4D; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A; Planning 1.3, 1.4; Instruction 2.1, 2.4, 2.5; Learning Environment 3.2; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 4.1, 4.2
Grade Level: 
Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 0.5

Students with disabilities have a wide range of support needs both in and out of the classroom. Do you feel you understand well how to support them appropriately? You never want to over-support and push a child with a disability towards learned helplessness. You also never want to under-support and have a student struggle unnecessarily. So, how do you know what level of support to provide and what the levels even are? In this 30-minute course from Noodle Nook, you’ll learn how to effectively support students with different levels of support needs.

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Supporting a student with disabilities requires a balancing act of giving them the help they need while empowering them to take steps toward independence.

In this course from Noodle Nook, Ayo Jones breaks down the 5 levels of support a special education paraeducator and teacher can provide to a student with a disability. Ms. Jones walks you through the steps for determining what level is appropriate for the students you work with and their specific needs.

This session works well for training and preparing paraeducators for their special education job duties and as a partnered training between a teacher and their para partner. As a bonus, this course takes the time to work through actual case studies and apply the levels of support in practical situations.

This session is part of the Special Education Paraeducator Training Series. The series is all about preparing paraeducators (and their teacher partners) to support students with disabilities in the classroom. This series delivers guidelines, best practices, essential strategies, and critical information to support staff specific to working in special education.

In this 30-minute course, you will learn:

  • The 5 levels of support in a special education classroom
  • How to individualize support for students with disabilities
  • How to apply the levels of support through specific case studies

Other courses in this series:

SPED Paraeducators – Confidentiality
SPED Paraeducators – Positive Communication
SPED Paraeducators – Roles and Responsibilities
SPED Paraeducators – Teamwork
SPED Paraeducators – Understanding Disabilities
SPED Paraeducators – Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities

Ayo Jones is an experienced special education teacher, successful instructional coach, and charismatic professional speaker. Driven by her love for all things special education, Ayo provides educators teaching students with significant disabilities exactly what they need to survive and thrive. In her over 15 years in education, she has coached hundreds of teachers, trained thousands of educational professionals, and developed curriculum for tens of thousands of students with disabilities. She is a regular consultant to multiple school districts and educational support centers throughout Texas and beyond as well as in West Africa, where she does outreach to underserved students.

Ayo is the founder of Noodle Nook, an online resource for teachers in special education, providing tools for classroom success. She hosts a teacher podcast, is a published author, and delivers curriculum to teachers worldwide, including Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Best known for her engaging public speaking, Ayo’s captivating presence and witty delivery have made her a sought-after professional trainer.

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12 reviews for SPED Paraeducators – Understanding Levels of Support for Students with Disabilities

  1. Melinda – BRAZOS ISD (verified owner)

    good course

  2. Jimmilynn – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    yes I will.

  3. Elizabeth – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    like the information

  4. Rhonda – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    It is thought provoking

  5. Barbara – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative on the different levels and how they may change.

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