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Training program with disability awareness, behavior management, instructional strategy development, and confidentiality focus for instructional assistants in the special education setting

The purpose ofthe present study is to develop a training program for instructional assistants in mild to moderate special education classrooms, at the elementary level, which addresses the topics of disability awareness, behavior management, instructional strategy development, and confidentiality. After reviewinthe techniques employed by current training programs and their relative success, theresearcher utilized this information to develop a training program to better meets theneeds of a variety of instructional assistants. The current training program provides training materials through the use of a training binder, in which the trainer is guided through how to train instructional assistants on the current training topics. The topicoftraining were developed based on the job responsibilities of instructional assistantemployed in mild to moderate special education classroom settings. With a comprehensive training program in place, instructional assistants will feel more prepared on the job, the need for teachers working with instructional assistants to consistently provide guidance and support for them will be decreased, and most importantly, student academic achievement will increase

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