INSTRUCTIONAL TEACHING ASSISTANT
X NON EXEMPT __ EXEMPT
POSITION SUMMARY: The employee reports to the Teacher in accordance with stated policies and procedures. The Teaching Assistant is a member of the School for Children with Autism.
- Classroom Responsibilities
Work with and assist the students in the classroom both 1:1 or in groups with lesson assignments to present or enforce learning concepts as assigned by the teacher.
Implement teaching strategies as outlined in the student’s IEP and objectives book as assigned by the teacher.
Assists with the supervision of students during snack/lunch, physical/sensory activities, bus duty, community outings.
Assist the student in daily living and educational tasks, including structured teaching strategies, assistance with toileting and feeding if needed, promote communication skills and social skills as indicated by the student’s IEP and objectives and as assigned by the teacher.
Interact with all of the students in a therapeutic and positive manner.
Assist the teacher in preparing the classroom for the next days’ activities by preparing materials, cleaning materials, organizing the room, completing data, writing objectives, or other tasks as assigned by the teacher.
Actively participate in team meetings, sharing ideas and discussing strategies for providing the services needed by the individual student.
Clock in and out in accordance with agency policies.
Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
- Clerical Responsibilities
Assist the teacher in monitoring and assuring that the student files are kept current and complete.
Maintains accurate records and logs.
Complete data collection as instructed by the teacher.
- Communication Responsibilities
Notifies the teacher of any concerns regarding the student, or information reported to the
Aide by others (bus driver, parent, etc.).
Assists in maintaining open communication with family members.
Maintains the confidentiality of the records and information regarding the students in the
School for Children with Autism
Serves as the chief source of information and help to any substitute teacher assigned in the
absence of the regular teacher.
- Human Relations:
Communicate regularly with students and teachers;
Establish positive rapport with students;
Counsel students as needed regarding their progress.
Guides students in developing positive relationships with peers and adults
- EDUCATION AND KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES QUALIFICATIONS:
Must be Licensed through ISBE as Paraprofessional or have Bachelor’s degree.
Previous experience working with children with developmental disabilities preferred.
Previous experience working with children with Autism preferred but not necessary.
- KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provides for safety and security of individuals along with Helping Hand property
Follow Helping Hand procedures when dealing with an emergency situation including calling 911,
ensuring the safety of the individuals, notifying supervisor
Ensuring safety including conducting emergency drills and other documentation
Maintains assigned space in a clean and orderly manner
Must fulfill all necessary training requirements of the agency
Understands and implement laws, professional standards, Social Security and
Public Aid regulations regarding persons with disabilities
Participate as a member of the individuals’ interdisciplinary/educational team
and attends all team meetings/staffings as required.
Completes paperwork and documentation as assigned.
- KEY COMPETENCIES:
Regular, predictable attendance is required.
Vision within functional limits in order to see and respond to emergency situations and
respond to written correspondence;
Hearing within functional limits, in order to hear and respond to students/parents/staff and
auditory requests for assistance;
Phonetically articulate verbal communication skills (English);
Able to read printed materials (English);
Ambulatory and able to bend; stoop; walk; run; reach; go up/down stairs easily; sit and play
on the floor; move, react, and stand quickly; and able to lift 50 lbs;
Computer skills in the use of word processing, internet, and electronic mail software;
Knowledge of learning methods, instructional methods, and techniques;
Ability to evaluate information against a set of standards;
Ability to arrange, coordinate or schedule time and details
Must be a self-motivator and self-initiator
Occasional movement of students by wheelchair or other mechanical devices;
Good interpersonal skills.
Able to work independently and as part of a team;
Fulfill necessary training requirements of the agency.
Consumer information is personal and confidential. It is to be used only in a professional sense.
Disregard for this considered responsibility will be grounds for immediate discharge.
The above statement reflects the general duties considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct and control the work of an employee under his/her supervision.