Teaches preschool school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.
This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching/Training pathway.
A person in this career:
- Arranges indoor or outdoor space to facilitate creative play, motor-skill activities, or safety.
- Attends to children's basic needs by feeding them, dressing them, or changing their diapers.
- Communicates nonverbally with children to provide them with comfort, encouragement, or positive reinforcement.
- Confers with parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, or administrators to resolve students' behavioral or academic problems.
- Develops individual educational plans (IEPs) designed to promote students' educational, physical, or social development.
- Develops or implements strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of disabilities.
- Employs special educational strategies or techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, or memory.
- Encourage students to explore learning opportunities or persevere with challenging tasks to prepare them for later grades.
- Establishes and communicates clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects to students, parents, or guardians.
- Establishes and enforces rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.