Some kids need a little extra help to succeed in school. Special education paraeducators are part of a team that provides kids with disabilities with the additional support that they need to succeed in the classroom. Special education paraeducators work with individual students or small groups within a larger classroom.
The day-to-day tasks of a special education paraeducator depend on the needs of the student. They can interpret the classroom teacher's words using ASL for hard-of-hearing students, help students with physical disabilities move around the school, or manage the behavior of students with behavioral disabilities. The special education paraeducator works with a whole team, from classroom teachers to administrators, to fulfill students' IEP.
A special education paraeducator needs to be patient and good at connecting with kids. They also need to have special training to help kids with disabilities. They can prepare for this role by earning a bachelor's degree and often need to become certified by the state.