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A trained worker who is not a member of a given profession but assists a professional.
Of or performing the work of a paraprofessional.


designating a person who is not fully qualified in a profession, but who helps qualified professionals with their work
a paraprofessional person


(ˌpær ə prəˈfɛʃ ə nl)

1. a person trained to assist a doctor, lawyer, teacher, or other professional.
2. of or pertaining to paraprofessionals.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paraprofessional - a trained worker who is not a member of a profession but who assists a professional
assistant, helper, help, supporter - a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; "my invaluable assistant"; "they hired additional help to finish the work"
legal assistant, paralegal - a person with specialized training who assists lawyers
paramedic, paramedical - a person trained to assist medical professionals and to give emergency medical treatment
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A paraprofessional could spend up to $40,000 to complete college work and earn certification, Wood says.
What impact does type of language behavior have on teacher and paraprofessional language usage when interacting with students?
A paraprofessional facilitates the peer support arrangement by inviting one or more peers to provide support to a student with a severe disability, orienting peers to their new roles, and identifying specific ways they might provide needed supports.
To accomplish these goals, a withdrawal design (A-B-A) with a nested changing-criterion design was used to withdraw paraprofessional proximity.
S4T, through its Source4Teachers and MissionOne divisions, is a provider of outsourced substitute teacher and paraprofessional managed services to K-12 schools in the eastern United States.
Tenders are invited for Substitute Paraprofessional Employment Services.
By using the school choice account, plus some grants, the district hired a chemistry teacher and a math teacher for Clinton High School; two foreign language teachers for Clinton High School; an elementary health teacher, a preschool paraprofessional and two Title 1 paraprofessionals; Title 1 is for low-income schools.
Bottom line: This book will be useful only to a professional or paraprofessional who knows nothing about a school library.
The performance of paraprofessional staff determines to a large extent the quality of the customer satisfaction and has a significant impact on the contribution that libraries can make to their communities.
Criteria for participation included a current diagnosis of autism made by independent evaluators, a current IEP that included the use of a paraprofessional, part or full-time inclusion in the general education classroom, and enrollment in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Part of the training can include role-playing to give the paraprofessional the chance to practice reference interview skills and use of established guidelines for referring questions to the professional librarians.