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Advice on starting in the spec. ed field?

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February 21st, 2009, 11:12 AM
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Hi. I'd like some advice from any special ed teachers or paraprofessionals, or even parents who are in the know about this, about how to get started as a paraprofessional. I'd like to work in the autism field either one-on-one with kids, as a diagnostician or therapist, or as a researcher. It seems like the easiest way to get into this kind of work is as a paraprofessional, but I don't know how to go about doing that. I have my high school degree and I'm planning to attend college sometime soon. Do I need to do any more schooling or get any more experience before getting hired?

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March 13th, 2009, 11:29 AM
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Most districts do not require additional training for their paraprofessionals, so I suggest startign with your local district and applying for those positions. Everything else would require you to have some additional schooling, especially if you have a particular disability you want to work with.

You can also contact your local chapters of parent resource groups to volunteer and learn more that way.
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