ERIC Number: EJ891865
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 49
Paraeducators' Roles in Facilitating Friendships between Secondary Students with and without Autism Spectrum Disorders or Developmental Disabilities
Rossetti, Zachary S.; Goessling, Deborah P.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v42 n6 p64-70 Jul-Aug 2010
Much has been written on the roles and responsibilities of paraeducators in inclusive classrooms related to instruction, behavioral support, and their supervision by general and special educators. Paraeducators are defined as school support staff who work under the direction of a certified teacher and assist students with instruction, social/emotional/behavioral skills and sometimes personal care. Paraeducators are also known by terms such as teacher assistant, aide and paraprofessional. Few authors have focused primarily on the specific opportunities for paraeducators to help facilitate friendships between students without disabilities and students labeled with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other developmental disabilities, especially at the high school level. This article reviews several strategies and specific considerations for their systematic implementation that were observed by the authors and used successfully by paraeducators in multiple high school settings.
Descriptors: Autism, Developmental Disabilities, Friendship, Special Education Teachers, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Role, High School Students, Peer Relationship, Mainstreaming, Inclusive Schools, Social Development, Prompting, Regular and Special Education Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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