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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Be Creative - Innovative Solutions for an Inclusive Life,” reminds us to think outside the box during times of uncertainty. Creativity, innovation, and determination can pave the way for meaningful and inclusive lives for people with disabilities.

Thursday, November 29 • 9:45am - 10:35am
Preparing Paraprofessionals to Deliver Evidence-Based Instruction that Improves Student Outcomes Filling

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Many students with severe disabilities receive at least some instruction from special education paraprofessionals. Paraprofessionals receive strikingly limited training in evidence-based instructional strategies. This lack of training is neither fair to students with severe disabilities nor the paraprofessionals themselves. In this study, we tested the efficacy of a low-intensity, high-quality training for paraprofessionals on evidence-based systematic instructional strategies (i.e., simultaneous prompting, least-to-most prompting, and systematic data collection). Paraprofessionals implemented these strategies under the direction and supervision of special education etchers across both special education and general education classrooms. We randomized 17 paraprofessionals to experimental and control groups. The experimental group received one hour of training per week for four weeks. Training emphasized the most promising professional development strategies: explicit modeling, constructive feedback, and an implementation checklist detailing all steps of each procedure. The training group significantly and substantially outperformed the control group when implementing simultaneous prompting (d = 0.91) and least-to-most prompting (d = 1.56). Students who received instruction from paraprofessionals in the training group made more progress than those in the control group (d = 0.29).


Thursday November 29, 2018 9:45am - 10:35am
Pearl - Second Floor 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201

Attendees (45)