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K6: Basic understanding of the referral, assessment, planning, and placement procedures specific to teaching students with DCD.
K8: Understanding of how the Individualized Education Program (IEP) is used to design and implement developmentally appropriate instruction for students with DCD.
K11: Knowledge of the role of related service providers (physical therapy, occupational therapy, vision services, etc.).
K12: Understanding of the paraprofessionalís role regarding communication with students, studentsí families, and the community that supports studentsí learning and well-being.
K13: Understanding of the paraprofessionalís role in working with providers of related services (physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc.).
K14: Understanding of the paraprofessionalís role within the roles and responsibilities of teachers and support personnel in providing educational services to students with DCD.
Worksheets in this Unit
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Lesson 2c: Functional Curriculum and the Seven Adaptive Behavior Domains
The activity in Lesson 2c is designed to encourage paraprofessionals to apply what they have learned in this lesson on functional curriculum. The activity is also a reflection on the information learned and an opportunity to think about a specific student with DCD that a paraprofessional is currently supporting or has supported in the past and then apply the knowledge to this student’s situation. In addition, they are asked to respond to a set of questions that are open-ended and challenging. The paraprofessional is asked to explain why he/she chose to apply the learning in that specific way and then describe how he/she would follow through in a variety of ways. All answers should be written next to the questions on a printed form.
This type of activity is useful for group or one-on-one discussions with the facilitator. It provides strong evidence of the paraprofessional’s understanding of the topic, along with the means for deepening the learning around a given topic. Why did the paraprofessional choose one application or approach over another? Why would the paraprofessional carry out that application or approach the way in which he or she described? What issues does the paraprofessional consider when making decisions?
The following list of discussion questions can be used with paraprofessionals about their experiences learning the knowledge and gaining an understanding about areas such as:
Other areas include learning about the need for students who qualify for special education under the DCD category to complete a re-evaluation, exploring the purpose of the re-evaluation, and determining the level of supports needed.