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Working As A Learning Support Aide

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $85,437

    Average Salary

What Does A Learning Support Aide Do

Personal care aides help clients with self-care and everyday tasks. They also provide social supports and assistance that enable clients to participate in their communities.

Duties

Personal care aides typically do the following:

  • Care for and assist clients with cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer’s or mental illness
  • Engage clients by talking to or playing games with them, or by taking them for walks
  • Help clients with hygiene-related tasks, such as bathing, brushing teeth, and going to the bathroom
  • Transfer clients to and from a bed or a wheelchair
  • Complete housekeeping tasks, such as changing bed linens, washing dishes, and cleaning living areas
  • Help prepare and plan meals
  • Assist with organizing a client’s schedule and schedule appointments
  • Arrange transportation to and from doctors’ offices or the store
  • Help clients pay bills or manage money
  • Shop for personal items and groceries
  • Assist clients in going to work and participating in their communities

Personal care aides—also called caregivers and personal attendants—help clients with self-care and daily activities. Personal care aides perform tasks that are similar to those of home health aides. However, personal care aides cannot provide any medical services, whereas home health aides may provide basic medical services.

Direct support professionals work with people who have developmental or intellectual disabilities. They may help create a behavior plan and teach self-care skills, such as doing laundry or cooking meals. They may also provide other personal assistance services.

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How To Become A Learning Support Aide

Most personal care aides are trained on the job. There are no formal education requirements for personal care aides, but most aides have a high school diploma.

Education

Although there are no formal education requirements for personal care aides, employers may prefer candidates with a high school diploma.

Training

Aides may be trained on the job by registered nurses, other personal care aides, or their direct employer. They are trained in specific tasks, such as how to work with a client who has a cognitive impairment and how to assist a client in preparing meals.

Most employers require aides to have training or certification in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Personal care aides must follow specific rules and protocols to help take care of clients. They must pay close attention to a client’s medical condition, quickly noting any changes that may require assistance from medical personnel.

Integrity. Personal care aides should make clients feel comfortable when the aides tend to personal activities, such as helping a client bathe. In addition, personal care aides must be dependable and trustworthy so that clients and their families can rely on them.

Interpersonal skills. Sometimes clients are in extreme pain or distress, and aides must be sensitive to their emotions. Aides must be compassionate, and they must enjoy helping people.

Physical stamina. Personal care aides should be comfortable performing physical tasks. They often need to lift or turn clients who have a disability.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Personal care aides may be required to complete a formal training program depending on the state where they work, and state laws vary widely in terms of the requirements that must be met. Some states and organizations may conduct background checks on prospective aides. A competency evaluation also may be required to ensure that the aide can perform certain tasks.

There are no federal training requirements for personal care aides. For specific state requirements, contact the state’s health board.

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Learning Support Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

77.9%

Male

19.4%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

63.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

71.4%

French

7.1%

Portuguese

3.6%

Chinese

3.6%

Vietnamese

3.6%

Mandarin

3.6%

Polish

3.6%

Arabic

3.6%
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Learning Support Aide Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.6%

Ashford University

6.5%

Chattanooga State Community College

6.5%

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

6.5%

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

5.2%

Liberty University

5.2%

Oklahoma State University

5.2%

Keiser University

5.2%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.9%

Adelphi University

3.9%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.9%

Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

3.9%

Fordham University

3.9%

Cabrini College

3.9%

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

3.9%

Metropolitan State University

3.9%

Grand Canyon University

3.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.9%

Southside Virginia Community College

2.6%

Appalachian State University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

11.5%

Psychology

11.5%

Health Care Administration

9.2%

Nursing

6.5%

Criminal Justice

6.5%

Elementary Education

5.4%

Medical Assisting Services

5.4%

Liberal Arts

5.0%

Education

4.2%

Nursing Assistants

4.2%

Human Services

4.2%

Social Work

3.8%

Early Childhood Education

3.1%

Communication

3.1%

Information Technology

3.1%

Special Education

3.1%

Accounting

3.1%

Human Development

2.7%

General Studies

2.3%

Sociology

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.1%

Other

24.4%

Associate

16.9%

Masters

11.6%

Certificate

7.0%

Diploma

4.1%

Doctorate

1.4%

License

0.5%
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Top Skills for A Learning Support Aide

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  1. Classroom Management
  2. Medical Appointments
  3. Extra Assistance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Care for patients by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, or assisting with their personal care.
  • Assisted clients with independent living skills, assisted clients with hygiene and grooming, provided transportation to activities within the community.
  • Worked with 4th and 8th grades who had learning disabilities due to culture language barriers and delays in learning.
  • Direct care of developmentally disabled persons living in State owned residences.
  • Assist individuals in home setting.Cook, light cleaning, Dr appointments, medication administration, bathing, companionship.

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