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Paraeducators: Valuable Front-Line Insights for Physical Educators

David S. Geslak


With the rise in autism and related disorders, paraeducators are more present in physical education (PE) and adapted physical education (APE). However, a paraeducator’s presence is not always an active one. Research shows that this is because paraeducators are not properly trained to work in PE/APE. While physical educators would like to properly train them, they have not been adequately prepared on how to work with paraeducators, while also having limited time in their daily schedules. By understanding paraeducator’s daily responsibilities—from their perspective—opportunities will be revealed as we all work collaboratively to help this deserving community.

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Paraeducators; physical educators; adapted physical education (APE); special education

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