Re: Qualifications of aides in public schools
I was actually an aide in a township school in Indiana for 3 years. 1 year was spent with an autistic boy. What a sweethart! To answer your question, at that time (first year was 6 years ago) no, there was no formal training. Our special education teacher we worked with was absolutely amazing and actually specialized in autisim. He made sure we had a lot of training days and classes, but no certification at that time, and I agree with you, you can't learn about autism in one day! We got by daily by reading on our own and trying out different methods we thought might get through to the 2 autistic kiddos in our room. The parents were not involved in the schooling aspect of their child's lives at all so we were pretty much on our own. It was sad- if I were that parent you'd better believe I'd do all I could to help the aides know how to better service the kids. Anyway, now in the state of Indiana aides have to have at least an associates degree to hold a position, but many aides have been grandfathered in and do not hold any type of degree.