Phew! The one on one aide for one of my students got approved! So after all that whoopla – now what to do with her? I completely revamped my student’s schedule since he know has a dedicated paraprofessional he can (hopefully) fit in a ton more work time! I updated his schedule, made a schedule for the aide, and also made a detailed schedule. I used the detailed schedule as a “quick reference guide” while I was training her earlier this week. I wanted to be absolutely explicit about my expectations for her. She is new to my classroom so I wanted to start things off on the right foot. I spent her first few days going through the entire schedule with her – modeling as we went and then watched her follow the routine with the student and provided corrective feedback.
Here is my student’s new schedule. It’s a very structured work/break routine. He responds very well to this. He is better having shorter work sessions with more breaks in between as opposed to a longer work session with a longer break. It is also better for him to have short breaks because if he plays on the iPad too long he tends to get kinda wound up. The scheduled breaks are 15 minutes but I think they will actually end up being more like 7/8 minutes each. The work tasks will likely go longer than the scheduled 15 minutes and I like to account for transitioning time as well.
Here is the aide’s schedule:
And here is the aide’s detailed schedule. It’s mostly major bullet points, kind of a translation of the main schedule. I think it’s important to include the most important comments and notes written down somewhere – not just told verbally. This detailed scheduled includes the major “must-dos.” This was VERY helpful when training the new aide. As you note – I also schedule what she should be doing while the student has break time. This is KEY. If you do not clearly state what they should be doing you will likely have a lot of off tasks behavior occurring (texting, chatting with other paraprofessionals, etc…).