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Contains the knowledge & experience of an expert presented with the warmth, humor, & instructional talent of a genuine teacher & friend. -- Carol Gray, Editor, The Morning News, Spring 2000

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Dr. Diane Twachtman-Cullen has fulfilled an enormous need in writing a manual that directly addresses the crucial role of paraprofessionals...This manual succeeds at many levels. It is chock full of insights, tips, and anecdotes that bring alive the everyday challenges faced by paraprofessionals, and also provides strategies to address the most common and perplexing challenges. Written in an engaging and personal manner that transcends differences in program approach or philosophy, this manual will be an invaluable resource and core reference for all educational staff - those who are paraprofessionals and those who train and work with paraprofessionals. (Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Childhood Communication Services, Cranston, RI)

How To Be A Para Pro is a book that must find its way to every school district, every school, and every classroom where children with autistic spectrum disorders are educated...Regardless of the page number, the goal of this volume never falters from view: placing information in the critically important hands of the paraprofessional...If applause can be silent and verbally unexpressed, Diane will ultimately know the applause of children who experience educational environments that are trained, understanding, and supportive of their efforts to learn. Simply stated, this is a very important book for paraprofessionals, educators, and the children they serve. (Carol Gray, Editor, The Morning News, Jenison, MI; Developer, Social Stories)

OUTSTANDING - The one book every paraprofessional who works with students within the autism spectrum should have. Part One: Autism Spectrum Disorders 101: A Short Course is concise and highlights the essential information every paraprofessional should know when working with students within the autism spectrum. Part Two: The Art and Science of Being a Para Pro, utilizes a "cook book" format, making it quick and easy to access information, allowing for immediate reference. Real-life examples and proven strategies make this book not only user friendly but immediately effective for all paraprofessionals who use it. A one of a kind! (James Ball, Ed.D., Director, Youth Consultation Service, Sawtelle Learning Center, Montclair, NJ)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Starfish Specialty Pr (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966652916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966652918
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lisa Ackerman on December 4, 2003
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This book explains different situations you WILL encounter working with special needs children and the classroom and beyond. It provides clear instructions on what to do and WHAT NOT TO DO in a variety of situations.
I give this book to teachers, aides and professionals who work with my kid as holiday or welcome to the team gifts. It is a good read and resources.
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From BASICS to understanding what is happening inside the maind of an Aperger's kid. This book gave us more information on how to manage my son than any seminars we attended before. To the K. teacher gave tools and what to do for difficult moments. We keep this book at school for everyone to consult . Information makes the difference to understanding and improving teaching.
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By A Customer on October 20, 2003
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This book has a wealth of information. Even though the chapters are short, and because of that, very readable, they are jam packed with useful information. I especially liked the tremendous number of specific, useful strategies located in the tables within part 2. I wonder if the reviewer below read the same book I read because I found this VERY readable.
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This is a must have book if you are a parent or educator of a child with autism. The book is broken into two parts with the first part being a great general overview of autism and related disabilities. Part 2 provides information about how to work with children who have autism. Unlike some of the other books I have purchased, this book is written in an engaging and easy to understand manner.
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I found this book very helpful when working with children with autism. The way it is written makes it easy to read and well organized. The teacher I work with appreciated the book for the examples, suggestions and many reusable forms. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who works with children who have autism.
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This book is exactly what I was looking for. It has helped me tremendously. I am a new paraprofessional, it is a great companion.
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My mother is a Para Pro and we bought the book for her to help her with her job. She seems to have been able to apply a lot of what was in it and has had much success. People with these professions don't get paid enough for what they do. Books like this are a great way for us as a public to show our appreciation for such an important field. One that is the foundation for some of our most loving children's futures.
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It is a very challenging job to be a paraprofessional. Diane Twachtman-Cullen gives terrific practical advise in her book "How to be a Para-Pro". The book is an easy read and gives lots of solid, practical examples. As a special education teacher, I have used this book to train paraprofessionals who work with the students I am responsible for. It is a great resource.
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