Teacher Assistants BIG BLUE BOOK of Ideas (Digital Book)

$39.95

Companion Book to the BIG RED BOOK. Another hundred ideas you can try. Setting up the classroom, the role of the teacher assistant, behaviour in the classroom and playground, stages of anxiety, transition, sensory toys and activities. Includes frequently asked questions and MORE! Hundreds of Ideas for supporting students with ASD, ADHD, ADD, ODD Atypical Autism & PDD-NOS

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Companion to the Teacher Assistants Big Red Book of Ideas. Hundreds of new strategies to try. Social skills: playgrounds, friendships, building self esteem, bullying. In the classroom: getting on task, adapting tasks and exams, building independence. Managing anxiety and behaviour.

A person who is in a teaching-related position within a school may be known as many different names depending on the country they are in and the school system which supports the learning process. In this book we refer to Teachers Assistants, however they may be known as a Para – Professional, Para Pro, Para Educator, Teaching Assistant, Instructional Assistant, Educational Assistant, Teacher’s Aide or Classroom Assistant, a Special Education Support Officer (SESO), Support Officer, Inclusion Teacher, Inclusion Coach, or Learning Support Teacher.

In every country the role may vary and involve different duties, however, you will find that the strategies in this book will be very valuable in helping you to work with students with differing abilities and disabilities.

Whatever the title, all we can say is that you are angels sent to teachers, parents and carers. Thank you for your commitment to working with our students and for remembering they are children first and foremost.

Book Contents

Introduction …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 6

Underlying Disabilities …………………………………………………………………………………… 7

Environmental Checklist …………………………………………………………………………………. 8

Make Learning FUN FUN FUN!! ……………………………………………………………………. 13

11 Top Tips to Encourage Independence ……………………………………………………… 14

Processing of Verbal Information ………………………………………………………………… 15

Promote Understanding in the Classroom …………………………………………………….. 16

9 Essential Tips to Supporting Learning ………………………………………………………. 19

Visual Schedules ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 21

Setting up Classroom Routines …………………………………………………………………….. 22

Set up Work Routines …………………………………………………………………………………. 23

Using Timers & Clocks ………………………………………………………………………………….. 24

10 Tips for Successful Transition between Activities/Subjects ……………… 25

10 Ideas for Group Work …………………………………………………………………………….. 26

10 Ideas to Create Partners ………………………………………………………………………… 27

Rewards …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 28

5 Tips to Identifying New Rewards/Motivators ………………………………………… 30

Homework ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 31

Setting up Successful Playground Break Times ………………………………………….. 33

12 New Top Tips to Keeping on Task …………………………………………………………… 34

Adapting Activities for Success ………………………………………………………………….. 36

Anxiety and ASD and the Power of Preventative Breaks ………………………….. 37

10 Questions to Ask When You See Behaviour …………………………………………… 40

Common Classroom Behaviours …………………………………………………………………….. 41

Teacher Assistants Big Blue Book of Ideas Sue Larkey and Anna Tullemans 5

Creating a 50/50 Behaviour Programme ……………………………………………………… 43

Sensory Meltdowns vs Behaviour Meltdowns ……………………………………………… 45

Sensory Processing Difficulties – SPD ………………………………………………………… 48

10 Sensory Activities for Everyone to Use ………………………………………………… 49

Teaching Choice Making ……………………………………………………………………………….. 50

Top 10 Short Cuts …………………………………………………………………………………………. 51

Adaptions to Save Students Time ………………………………………………………………… 51

8 Effective Ways to Redirect a Student ……………………………………………………. 53

Social Skills …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 54

10 Tips to Remember When Teaching Social Skills ……………………………………. 55

Writing Social Stories …………………………………………………………………………………. 56

8 Ideas to Writing and Editing Social Stories …………………………………………… 57

Using Technology to Support Learning ………………………………………………………. 59

Life Skills & Leisure Activities ……………………………………………………………………. 60

Transition for Teenagers ……………………………………………………………………………… 61

Dysgraphia …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 63

IEPS – Individual Education Programmes ……………………………………………………. 64

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – CBT …………………………………………………………….. 65

Summary Student Profile …………………………………………………………………………….. 67

Student Profile …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 68

FAQ’s …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 72

Good Books to Read ……………………………………………………………………………………… 77

Index of Ideas for Red and Blue Books ……………………………………………………… 79