Why Would You Hire Just Anyone When Only A CPT Would Do ?
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) affects every public school child in America.
The New IDEA
Acting on behalf of the today's students, these laws have a direct impact on the way in which we educate and directly ensure that all measures have been taken to improve the quality of the educational school day of children.
From new lesson plans to "one on one" para pros who provide individualized help to children with disabilities, the demonstrable theme that applies is that "in the broadest sense, the NCLB is about creating a well-educated workforce which in turn will create a productive society for the future".
Do you sometimes think that when it comes to hiring teachers' assistants your school has a revolving door? There is a reason for that. Para pros are hired and expected to work with the "educational" component of the school day. But sometimes the child they are assisting has emotional problems that reflect changes in behavior. They also may have chronic diseases that are exhibited as physically challenged children. Unfortunately, sometimes they have both.
The teachers' assistant (para pro) that is assigned to that child (or classroom of children) may "mean well" and really want what is best for the child, but her skills are not "advanced" child care educational skills and therefore, do not measure up to the task. Frustrated and exasperated, that aide stays only one semester or term and the next school year, you find yourself looking for someone else to fill that position.
Determining that you only have one goal; to improve the educational experience of the child takes only one decision. Replace the teachers' para pro with a Certified Pediatric Technician who has the skills that the child needs.
The Connecting Link
Along with the enjoyment of watching young minds and personalities develop as children become young adults, educators have a huge responsibility that they accept when they take on the role of administrator or principal. At times, behavior or characteristics might manifest in a child's illnesses or challenges which are then exhibited in characteristics of obvious physical illness, ie, Cerebral Palsy or Multiple Dystrophy and some in behavior such as Autism or ADD. Others have hidden problems such as abuse or mental illness. As a result, the relationships between school and parents can be strained when parents of these children become overwhelmed by the child's safety, health and educational issues.
The very nature of your status, as school administrator or principal means that you must have the ability to recognize that situation and understand those dynamics. And, when you are an involved educator, you know that other outside influences and social relationships also affect the child and parents. An easy decision that eliminates the problem before it gets out of hand is enlisting the expertise of a Certified Pediatric Technician.
When you employ a CPT:
1) You are assuring the parents of these children that you are completely aware of their worries and want to help them.
2) You reduce that worry because you are providing their child with the assistant who understands their child's' illness, and all the interventions that improve the child's' potential outcome.
3) You are recognizing the child's' limitations or extenuating circumstances and providing them with professional help before something happens that is not easy to fix.
4) Older children, (especially those who are already under the "peer" pressures as emerging teenagers) benefit from someone on whom they can confide.
When a Certified Pediatric Technician works hand in hand, together with the educational staff:
1) The Teacher can actually return to her love of teaching while the Certified Pediatric Technician can assist the child (or children) with their daily living needs or other attention that is specific to the child.
2) The CPT becomes the liaison between the child's study team, including the entire school study team, such as the nurse, parent, teacher and child.
3) Utililzing CPT's also establishes preventive practices that educational attorney's look for as "intervention initiatives" and provision of management services for the developmental needs of the child.
4) You provide a job specific para professional that replaces the teachers aid with a multi-skilled/multi-task para pro.
5) The Social Worker becomes the supervisor of the emotional aspects of the child, overseeing the CPT performance by delegating responsibility to capable professionals. Overseeing rather than performing some tasks, the SW improves the quality of her day and has more time to promote better mental health to more children for whom she may have some concern.
6) The School Nurse, can be reassured that her responsibilities are reasonable and her position is secure. Under her direction, a CPT can follow a medical care plan.
7) The Team Member Job Descriptions become more defined and clearer, Communication is improved.
8) The Academic Level of the graduate improves because the long term investment of hiring a CPT has allowed the student to reach their full potential.
9) The School Stature in achievement is elevated in the educational arena.
10) The IEP becomes a reality.
Cost vs. Liability
We all understand the cost of providing care. So it is no surprise that maintaining an efficient and responsible program for any student must be met with a budget in mind. Along with the normal and expected obligations of the school, we believe that other expenditures such as the cost of a Certified Pediatric Technician should be part of the school budget.
Aside from the fundamental basic and necessary assistance a child might need, you can not forget to include the frustration of school officials when confronted with the inability to reduce the emotional stress of the parents. These struggles can simply be avoided by employing the right professional for the child with a special need.
Doing the right thing promotes good mental health for everyone!
WE BELIEVE THERE ARE POSITIVE COST BENEFITS WHICH INCLUDE:
1) REDUCTION in the cost of exposure to lawsuits as a result of placing untrained caregivers in highly specializied fields.
2) REDUCTION in the cost of insurance because credentialed and certified attendants are in classrooms and various other settings where special needs children are cared for and taught.
3) PROVIDING alternative providers with defined training bridges the gap between education, nursing, and social services. These professionally trained advocates and attendants reduce the stress that the medical, mental health industry and state agencies are experiencing. When that happens you can maintain internal controls within your school, without having to answer to state officials unless you choose to include them.
4) SUPPORTING families while students are both home and in school which allows for continuity of care and learning.
5) EMPLOYING "Job ready” personnel to staff your facility.
6) Your school BECOMES a pioneer in improving the quality of care for your disabled or special needs students.
As part of our Quality Assurance program, the staff is available to review or write job descriptions and qualifications of your child study team staff as part of the your schools' policy.
In-services on specific illnesses are also available.
We also offer First Aide training & CPR Certification. Please contact us for more information.
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