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tinymom05 09-17-2008 08:48 PM

Does anyone know how to get a paraprofessional for a child with autism going to a school with typical peers? It is not in my child's IEP to have a "paraprofessional" So how do i go about getting my child that help?

rudiraven 09-18-2008 09:02 AM

Re: paraprofessionals
The only way to get a personal paraprofessional for your child is to have it included in his IEP. As his parent, you can request this and the ARD committee will have to explain why they feel one is not necessary. Do you feel he truly needs a para or will it cause him embarrassment to have someone following him around all day. I wish you well.

MOM23ANGELS 09-18-2008 05:43 PM

Re: paraprofessionals
it is your childs right to be educated within the least restrictive environment. that often includes a one to one aide. do a search on the laws and LRE. all you need to do is educate yourself with a few key phrases that will let the school board know that you know your childs rights and you will be surprised as to what you will get for him.

i learned the hard way when we started out but quickly did my homework and was able to get everything i wanted for my son. the special ed laws are very generously written to support our kids......but the schools try to pull the wool over our eyes and (unfortunately) they often get away with it.

janepona 09-20-2008 09:15 AM

Re: paraprofessionals
Paraprofessionals are teacher assistants that can perform academic requirements in the classroom setting only. It does not mean they have been trained or have experience working with children with special needs. What you should request in the IEP is a paraprofessional with special qualifications that relate to your child's special needs. Someone that has been trained in Autism especially.

tinymom05 09-22-2008 06:12 PM

Re: paraprofessionals
ok how do i request a parapro in my childs IEP i have no idea who to go to first? Or do i write a letter?

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