DSES - Student Empowerment Through Effective Paraeducator Support

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
6:30 pm8:30 pm
UNO Community Engagement Center Room 231

The Down Syndrome Education Series (DSES) is a monthly educational seminar for families of children with Down syndrome, designed to connect parents with information that will positively impact the education and well-being of their child.

Speaker - Amy Allison, Chief Operating Officer, Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City

Workshop Title: Student Empowerment through Effective Para educator Support

*This presentation is open to anyone who would like to attend including parents, caregivers, paraeducators, special education teachers, and classroom teachers.

Workshop Description:

Many students with Down syndrome have Para educator (para) support included in their IEP’s. With ever increasing classroom demands on teachers, it’s not uncommon for the Para to be responsible for direct instruction, modifying curriculum, doing data collection on IEP goals, intervening with behavioral interventions, supporting transitions, and directing students from class to class. Therefore, it’s important that para support be administered in a manner that fosters independence and promotes self-regulation to ensure student success in adulthood.

This presentation will focus on the critical attributes of an effective para. Strategies will be shared that will ensure needed supports while balancing out student empowerment, skill development, and promote independence in school and beyond. While many educators and family members may see the para as a caretaker ensuring the child is safe and engaged, the level of support being provided by the para may actually be fostering a level of learned helplessness. Together, session participants will explore ways to foster student empowerment, self-regulation and learning through effective para intervention.

Bio - Amy Allison currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City (DSG). DSG, founded in 1984 by a group of dedicated parents of children with Down syndrome, provides programs and services to improve the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. DSG serves over 800 families caring for a loved one with Down syndrome in the greater Kansas City area on both sides of the state line.

In addition to her work with DSG, Amy Allison served as a member of the Board of Directors for Down Syndrome Affiliates In Action (DSAIA). In 2009, Amy’s leadership and expertise helped DSAIA organize a conference in Washington DC where more than 300 Down syndrome advocates from 35 states gathered at the U.S. capitol to lobby Capitol Hill. The purpose of this effort was to seek federal funds to help spread accurate information about prenatally diagnosed disabilities and to raise additional support for Down syndrome related causes.

Amy received a double bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Brigham Young University.

*Registration will close Monday, September 17th at 10am. Please contact Leah at janke@dsamidlands.org if you miss the deadline and would like to attend.
**Childcare is not provided. With the exception of infants, we request that you refrain from bringing children to this event.