Attain, Inc. is seeking paraprofessionals to working with students with developmental disabilities, including Autism and down Syndrome. This is a full time position working with students who engage in severe problem behavior. Below is a summary of the Childhood Development Center.
The Childhood Development Center (CDC) is a program focused on providing intensive educational services to youth with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities in Central Florida.
The CDC specializes in providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services across a variety of skill domains. The staff-to-student ratio is determined by the needs of the student as well as their funding source. Our instructional staff have received intensive training in teaching academic, social, leisure, and daily living skills. Paraprofessionals have also received training in how to successfully manage and reduce the likelihood of problem behaviors by teaching replacement skills for problematic behaviors and incorporating language training including verbal mand training, PECS, or other forms of augmentative communication.
The CDC is overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with experience providing education to children with severe problem behavior, and a Florida Certified Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teacher. The BCBA and certified ESE teacher are responsible for developing and monitoring the progress of student’s Individualized Education Plans (IEP). Additionally, IEP implementation will be conducted by our instructional staff, Board Certified Behavior Analyst and the certified ESE teacher.
Within the CDC, not only will students receive an educational instruction based in the principles of applied behavior analysis, they will learn to develop other functional living skills as well. There are numerous opportunities for students to engage in a variety of educational, functional and leisure activities. There are four small classrooms where students can receive more individualized instruction and small group instruction, as well as a large classroom for generalization towards typical classroom routines and where students will further develop their social skills by interacting during lunch, group activities, and games. The CDC also contains a kitchen where students will have access to a refrigerator, stove, and sink, to facilitate daily living skills training.
Paraprofessionals at the CDC recognize that there are many approaches to teaching children with disabilities. Decades of research has demonstrated the effectiveness of applied behavior analysis to improve individuals’ lives. Staff members at the CDC use the principles of applied behavior analysis when teaching academic, communication, life skills and as part of strategies to decrease problem behavior that may inhibit students from learning. The promotion of generalization and maintenance during instruction ensures that students’ progress is long-lasting and supports progress in school, home, and the community.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science of behavior in the natural environment. This is different from other approaches by the use of evidence based instructional strategies and detailed data collection and analyzed to evaluate educational progress. ABA approaches behavior change by observing what is happening in an individual’s environment that may be contributing to the behavior. This includes using positive reinforcement or rewards to increase desired behaviors and not rewarding behavior that may be undesirable. Because of this, it is very important that every procedure and treatment used is consistent throughout the child’s day. This means ABA becomes a way of living and not just a few hours a week of intervention.
IEP Development and Curriculum are based on the Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia© (ACE), developed by the New England Center for Children. Individualized Educational and Behavioral Programs are developed for each student based on the results of the ACE’s Core Skills Assessment, a Functional Behavior Assessment, as well as caregiver and school input. All skill acquisition data is collected and input into the web-based ACE software either manually or using the ACE Data Entry app on an Apple iPod touch, allowing for real time data collection, up to the minute graphing and progress reporting.. Within the curriculum, the use of discrete trial training, incidental teaching, verbal behavior training, shaping, chaining, and other reinforcement-based methods are employed as well as instructional strategies to promote generalization to other natural environments.
Our goal at the CDC is to provide students with a high quality education while focusing on the reduction of problem behavior and, focusing on transitioning students to the least restrictive educational setting. Students and educators are provided with the following services to facilitate a successful transition to the less restrictive educational setting: Transition planning services with the new educational setting
Train the new educational setting on the students’ Behavior Support Plan. Short term or ongoing classroom consultation with the new educational setting Instructional support provided to the student by CDC Staff Members in the new educational setting (partial or full day) The opportunity for the staff members from the new educational setting to work with the student at the CDC prior to beginning the transition Additional hands on training, and workshops for the educational staff to enhance the capacity of the new educational environment to meet the needs of the transitioning student
Salary: $10.50 to $11.50 /hour
To apply visit Childhood Development Center at Attain for more information about Paraprofessional Special Education positions and other jobs.