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One Year Position QUALIFICATIONS: Licensure as School Psychologist, School Adjustment counselor, Special Education Teacher, Social Worker. Massachusetts Certification Required The Behavior Specialist is a member of the Student Support Services Team in bringing support services to the students within each school building. These services shall include, but not be limited to, consultation, evaluation, intervention and follow-up work with students, parents and staff as well as outside agencies, in supporting students with positive behavioral interventions to help students access the curriculum within the least restrictive setting. The primary focus for the Behavior Specialist is to assist the team, including classroom teachers, in determining classroom strategies and supports that will help students who have social, emotional and behavioral challenges. The Behavior Specialist is a strong child advocate who fosters inclusionary practices to maintain the child with dignity and in his neighborhood school. Additionally, the Behavior Specialist helps the team to better understand the complex and unique needs of students who experience social, emotional and behavioral challenges. It is the responsibility of the Behavior Specialist to ensure that these strategies are fully implemented through the consultation, collaboration and to provide direct services as needed. The Behavior Specialist works closely with all building based team members to maintain a healthy learning environment by support students who are challenged with the ability to self monitor their social, emotional and behavioral needs. Participate as a member of the Student Assistance Team at each building. Participate as a member of the Evaluation Team under Special Education regulations. This shall include performing appropriate functional behavioral assessments, behavioral observations throughout the school day, family assessments as needed, and any other assessments deemed necessary by the team. Responsibilities include: Meet regularly with principals, classroom teachers, special education staff, counselors and inclusion specialist to ensure continuity of services Interview parents and staff as part of the evaluation process including home assessments as needed Observe student in the classroom setting or unstructured time when needed Develop behavioral management plans for students at risk that can be implemented in meeting student needs throughout the school day. Develop and organize plans for students with social, emotional and behavioral need to be implemented by the teachers and other staff. Provide in class support to students in need when necessary Provide direct support to students in need outside of class when necessary Have sound knowledge of learning theory and the applications for positive behavioral interventions. (ex. applied behavioral analysis, behavioral modification strategies, use of visual supports to help students modulate) Interpret outside evaluations for team members and ensure follow-up of appropriate strategies Serve as a consultant to parents of school children who require support towards emotional regulation Utilize group and individual counseling to support students with behavioral needs Serve as collaborator with teachers and administrators in creating supportive learning environments for students with social, emotional and behavioral needs within the least restrictive setting. Maintain liaison with administrators, teachers and parents relative to those children with whom she/he is involved, while maintaining appropriate ethics of confidentiality. Maintain contact and liaison with appropriate community agencies and private counselors in the coordination of counseling services offered to students. 9. Advise administrators regarding the appropriate interventions for students with autism, social anxiety, emotional regulation, behavior management and any other disability that falls within the behavior specialist’s expertise. 10. Perform any other duties, which are consistent with his/her professional training As directed by the Director of Special Education and Student Support Services.
Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1
Special Education > Behavior Specialist / EBD
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No experience required
Bachelor degree preferred
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