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Author Perez-Kennedy, Vivian Mary, author.
Title Paraprofessional support for the behavioral needs of students with disabilities / by Vivian Mary Perez-Kennedy.
Published [Northridge, California] : California State University, Northridge, 2011.

 Electronic Book  LB2369 .Z962 2011 P47eb    ONLINE
Description 1 online resource (ix, 135 pages) : forms.
Content Type text
Format online resource
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Thesis Ed.D. California State University, Northridge 2011.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 117-126).
Summary The number of special education paraprofessionals in general education has increased across the country to support the growing number of students with disabilities in inclusive educational settings. As a result, the roles of paraprofessionals have been expanded to serve students with high incidence disabilities who have behavioral needs, becoming their primary behavior support provider in the general education classroom. This qualitative study examined the perceptions of paraprofessionals regarding their roles, responsibilities and preparation to provide behavior support for students in the general education classroom. Interviews were conducted with 11 paraprofessionals supporting students with high incidence disabilities and behavior challenges in a small suburban elementary school district. Findings from this study indicate that paraprofessionals assumed direct responsibility for controlling and managing student behavior that was disruptive, interfered with student academic engagement, or was dissimilar to behaviors of typical peers. Paraprofessionals reported that they were inadequately prepared to carry out these responsibilities, indicating that they did not receive sufficient information, training or support prior to or during their assignments. Implications of this study are discussed regarding support and preparation needed for paraprofessionals and alternative service delivery models to enhance behavioral support for students with high incidence disabilities.
Note Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed on December 09, 2011).
Subject Teachers' assistants.
Children with disabilities -- Education.
Local Subject Dissertations, Academic -- CSUN -- Education -- Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
OCLC number 849936190