(6 customer reviews)

Presenter: Ayo Jones, Noodle Nook
Core Area: Instructional Planning and Delivery 1C, 1D, 1F; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2A, 2B, 2C; Content Knowledge and Expertise 3C; Learning Environment 4A, 4D; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A; Planning 1.3; Instruction 2.1, 2.4; Learning Environment 3.2, 3.3; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 4.1, 4.3 

Grade Level: 
Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1.5

To best support students in special education, a paraeducator needs a better understanding of hallmarks and strategies for specific disabilities. Knowing how a student may be challenged in the classroom based on their specific disability allows a paraeducator to provide targeted and appropriate support. In this 1.5 hour course, SPED expert Ayo Jones shares the markers for 8 of the most common disabilities and how to support these students in the classroom. This course is designed to help paraeducators grow in their understanding of SPED best practices.

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Are you ready to dive into the world of special education as a paraeducator?

In this course from Noodle Nook, SPED educator Ayo Jones shares general markers for 8 of the most common disabilities in special education programs. In addition, she outlines specific strategies for supporting each of these types of students in the classroom. Instructional supports and guidelines are provided for each disability subtype which helps explain exactly what you can do in the classroom. 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.

This session is part of the Special Education Paraeducator Training Series. Through this series you’ll develop a better understanding of what you can and should do in the classroom to support students with specific disabilities. Guided by best practices, specific guidelines, and a student-centered mentality, your special education team will be stronger and more effective.

In this 1.5-hour course, you will learn:

  • How to support a student with a disability in general
  • What it means to use people-first language
  • Which disabilities are defined by the federal government for special ed services
  • What characteristics are markers for 8 of the most common disabilities in special education
  • What the most common disabilities look like for students in the classroom
  • How to support students with specifics for each of the 8 most common disabilities in special education

Other courses in this series:

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

Presenter Bio

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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6 reviews for SPED Paraeducators – Understanding Disabilities

  1. Ida – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative on the different types of disabilities

  2. Melinda – BRAZOS ISD (verified owner)

    really long course but informative

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

    I would share this information with others.

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

    it was great

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

    great information

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

    Very informative on the different types of disabilities.

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