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Understanding PPTs and Supporting Students with Special Needs

A Primer for Paraeducators

October 2015

Authors: Rebecca Rudnick Santiago

Due to recent changes in legislation, Paraeducators may be invited to attend PPT meetings more frequently.  To assist districts in ensuring compliance with the laws and guidelines for PPT meetings and supporting students with special needs, Shipman & Goodwin attorney, Rebecca Santiago, and EASTCONN Director of Psychological & Behavioral Consultation, Ravit Stein, Ph.D., BCBA-D, have prepared this presentation for Paraeducators. Topics include:

  • Laws and guidelines protecting students with special needs, including IDEA, FAPE and IEP
  • What is a PPT meeting?
  • Best practices in supporting students at PPTs
  • Best practices in maintaining confidentiality

In light of the demands and time constraints of the typical work day of a Paraeducator, the presenters wanted school districts to have flexibility to share the presentation with their employees in a convenient way.  This presentation, which includes a slide show as well as narration by the two presenters, is available at the user’s convenience below:

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