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Strategies for Paraprofessionals: A Practical Guide for Classroom Support

Time limit: 180 days

Full course description

Course Description:

The set of modules addresses the foundational knowledge and skills that will help paraprofessionals best support individuals with ASD and others with social, communication, and behavioral challenges to be successful in a classroom/school setting. The course includes the overview of autism, visual and physical structure, development and use of visual supports, use of effective strategies and approaches for skills teaching.


By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the spectrum diagnoses
  • Recognize strengths and challenges exhibited by individuals with ASD
  • Identify and implement physical and visual structure to support individuals with ASD
  • Use visual supports with individuals with ASD
  • Use of prompting, block/ignore and positive attention, as well other strategies rooted in these approaches
  • Use structured skills teaching strategies in a classroom setting

Meet the Course Creators

HANDS in Autism® has emerged as a state-wide training and resource center making a significant impact in the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other special needs as well as their families and caregivers. The evidence-based behavioral and educational practices at the core of the HANDS curriculum have had noted feasibility and practicality to providers and other stakeholders across educational, medical/clinical, and home/community settings.


Length: 3 hour


HANDS in Autism


Credit: Certificate of completion


Audience: Public

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