SPED Paraeducators – Understanding Disabilities


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

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15 reviews for SPED Paraeducators – Understanding Disabilities

  1. susan – RIPLEY-UNION-LEWIS-HUNTINGTON LOCAL (verified owner)

    this is a very good course

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

    very helpful

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


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

    Excellent course.

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

    Good info

  7. Nathan – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    Very helpful.

  8. Mary – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)


  9. Dolores – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    Post visual reminders

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

    Very informative on the different types of disabilities.

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

    great information

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

    it was great

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

    I would share this information with others.

  14. Melinda – BRAZOS ISD (verified owner)

    really long course but informative

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

    Very informative on the different types of disabilities

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