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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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Extrinsic vs Intrinsic Motivation for Paraprofessionals
This study is an investigation of whether social skills training provided by paraprofessionals to elementary grade children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in both partially and fully included classrooms can result in perceived gains in social skills as measured by teacher ratings.
In many schools, paraprofessionals assist teachers and students in the classroom.
Training Paraprofessionals for Reference Service: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians.
The author states that this book is not meant to be a "how to guide" for paraprofessionals, but rather a means of showing certified teachers and paraprofessionals that they can be a strong, effective team in the inclusive classroom.
The legal profession often uses paraprofessionals to assist in the delivery of legal services.
Teachers and paraprofessionals with the Williamstown Education Association in Massachusetts are working under new contracts.
Paraprofessionals represent a growing segment of district employees seeking professional licensure.
Abstract: This survey of teachers of students with visual impairments and paraprofessionals who work with students with visual impairments found that more than 35% of the paraprofessionals were providing direct instruction in skills in the expanded core curriculum.
With districts facing a shortage of bilingual teachers, paraprofessionals present a rich source of candidates.
Specifically, the researchers describe a) the language behaviors and structure teachers and paraprofessionals used while working with students in both teacher directed and non-teacher directed experiences and b) the type of language students used during the same experiences when communicating with the adults or other students.