Build Strong Relationships
Develop positive, respectful and trusting relationships with students, teachers, colleagues and families. Effective support is based on strong relationships.
Communication is Key
Use active listening, empathy, clarity and respect when communicating to establish a positive relationship with students, colleagues and families. Strong communication skills bring people together and break down barriers to inclusion.
Be Flexible and Adaptable
In this role, no two days are the same – expect the unexpected! Regularly adjust your support strategies to meet the changing needs of students and have a positive mindset to change.
Empowering students to develop independence is essential, especially when working with students with disabilities. Setting clear expectations, breaking tasks into small steps and offering choices enables students to learn independence and achieve individual goals.
Utilising Assistive Technology and Tools
Many students use assistive technology in their learning environment, particularly in special schools. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices such as speech-generating devices or communication boards can assist students with complex communication needs to express themselves. Other types of technology include screen readers, graphic organisers, reading and writing software, educational apps, adaptive learning platforms and cognitive aids.
Each student should be supported to use assistive technology according to their individual needs. This will empower them to overcome barriers, achieve educational goals and engage in the learning process with confidence.