A Home Paraeducator works in the group home environment with students with developmental disabilities and severe behavior problems. Home Paraeducators work directly with students, sometimes in a one-to-one capacity, in order to promote independence in the areas of communication, self-help, social skills, and functional living skills.
- Provide a safe, clean, and nurturing environment that meets and/or exceeds all requirements set forth by Heartspring.
- Provide a structured environment for students by following the schedule of activities that promotes the student’s learning opportunities and their independent living skills.
- Implement and document the students’ training programs as prescribed in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or informal training programs in the home setting.
- Implement, document, and provide input into the Student Support Plan (SSP), as outlined by the psychology department.
- Implement and document student-specific training in specialized areas, as prescribed by the students’ teams (i.e., Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy).
- Escort students to off-campus events, including special outings, field trips, and healthcare appointments.
- Perform and assist with non-violent behavior management system for crisis intervention as needed.
- Adhere to all procedures and techniques as outlined in the Safe and Positive Approaches (S&PA) training.
- Communicate effectively with students, parents, team members, supervisors, and all persons involved in the students’ programs.
- Document and/or report any health concerns, whether ongoing (i.e. diabetes, seizures) or emergent (i.e., lacerations, bruises).
- Document and report any instances of abuse, neglect, exploitation, or other unusual incidents or events, as per Heartspring and Department of Child & Family Services guidelines.
- Prompt and regular attendance is required; working on major holidays is necessary, as scheduled.
- Assist in training and welcoming new Home Paraeducators into the Group Homes.
- Provide specific verbal praise for students throughout the day.
- Prepare and serve meals for students as needed, based on dietary restrictions and programming needs.
- Provide for the safety and protection of the students in the event of an emergency (fire, tornado, severe weather, etc.), whether on campus or out in the community.
- Label and maintain students’ clothing and personal belongings and notifying the supervisor of any needs in a timely manner.
- Complete tasks as assigned by supervisor.
- Complete other duties, as assigned.
Flexible (4-8 hours per day) and must include at least one of the following shifts: Saturday AM, Saturday PM, and/or Sunday AM.
EDUCATIONAL, TRAINING, AND LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS
- High school diploma, or equivalent.
- Valid Kansas drivers’ license and good driving record preferred (required in order to drive students in Heartspring vehicles).
- Must successfully complete all required orientation and training conducted by Heartspring staff.
- Must complete 18 hours of in-service training per year.
- Must make up all missed trainings, classes, and meetings in a timely manner.
- Must maintain S&PA certification (annual).
- Must maintain CPR certification.
$12.00-$16.00 per hour based on education and experience.
Benefits are eleigible to all Full Time employees.