Communicators: A Curriculum for Coaching Paraprofessionals to Use Language Stimulation Strategies

Highly trained paraprofessionals are critical members of the intervention team. Attendees will learn valuable strategies to teach paraprofessionals that will result in immediate gains in student communicative competence and future success. Training materials, methodologies, and tools for supervision and will be presented.

1. Participants will be able to coach paraprofessionals in the use of language stimulation strategies during naturally occurring classroom routines as well as in unstructured settings.
2. Participants will be able to explain the role-sharing that occurs between various team members to enable all educators and service providers to support a student’s acquisition and generalization of skills across settings and throughout the individual’s day.
3. Participants will be able to describe practical strategies for use by all team members to ensure that students engage in meaningful practice of communication skills that will improve their communicative competence and therefore will improve their future outcomes.

Adie Buchinsky, Ali Steers