Modules: Inspiring Independence, Positive Behavior, and Effective Communication (Created for Paraprofessionals)


These online training modules, created by Barbara Didona, MEd. (funded by the Allen C. Crocker Family Fellowship at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston, and by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School) were created specifically for paraprofessionals. The free, research-based modules are full of practical tips and strategies.

The modules can also be shared by parent centers with the professionals and paraprofessionals for whom they provide training.

Topics include:

  • Fostering Independence
  • Positive Behavior Supports
  • Comminication Skills for Paraprofessionals


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