Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District - Santa Monica, CA

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Under the general supervision of an administrator, the Instructional Assistant-Developmental Health will provide assistance with implementation of instructional programs for students with significant disabilities; will provide assistance in meeting special health care needs which may include feeding, toileting, diapering, and/or personal hygiene, positioning students in wheelchairs and other orthopedic equipment, and monitoring physical health conditions of students who are medically fragile, in accordance with established procedures.


  • Assists with specialized physical health care services, such as lifting and positioning students in/out of wheelchairs, braces, and other orthopedic equipment, and operating medical equipment as appropriate (e.g., gastrostomy tube, tracheotomy tube, colostomy) after receiving necessary training.
  • Assists teachers with activities for students with special needs in all educational settings individually and/or groups to provide instructional support in, but not limited to, cognitive, gross/fine motor and adaptive behavior skills, vocational skills, social and leisure skills, physical development and fitness.
  • Assists students to and from transportation (on the bus as needed) within the school schedule by wheeling beds and chairs; positioning and repositioning students and operating medical equipment as appropriate (e.g., gastronomy tube, tracheotomy tube, colostomy) after receiving necessary training; assists during the transporting and instruction of students in off-campus or community based settings.
  • Assists the teacher in maintaining health/ safety of severely and multiple handicapped students by being aware of the environment and the potential hazards of each child’s actions; assist the teacher according to established guidelines and procedures.
  • Serves/prepares meals and feeds students with severe eating problems; monitors self-feeding students as directed by a teacher/health plan; when appropriate, use gastrostomy and suctioning equipment and takes appropriate action when students have difficulty while eating.
  • Helps provide assistance for the students with personal hygiene/grooming; monitor individual bathroom routines; change diapers and/or clothing as needed.
  • Assists designated instructional service providers with physical development activities when applicable.
  • Administers medication, first aid and/or CPR in accordance with established health plan.
  • Performs routine sanitation duties to ensure a clean/sterile environment (e.g., clean dishes, tables, toys, therapy equipment).
  • Assists students in using computer applications and related assistive technology.
  • Attends trainings, workshops, and staff development meetings as required.
  • Assists teachers with implementation of student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).
  • Completes reports and records, such as accident and incident reports.

· Performs related duties as assigned.
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to:

Must have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent and
• Completed 48 units at an institution of higher learning; or
• Obtained an Associate's (or higher) degree; or
• Must pass the District's Instructional Assistant written examination demonstrating knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing reading readiness, writing readiness and mathematics readiness.

At least three hundred (300) contact hours paid or voluntary experience with individuals with special needs.

At least one (1) year of experience working with students with health/orthopedic impairments is highly desirable.

· Basic child development as it relates to students with significant disabilities.
· Special needs of students with severe and multiple health/medical problems.
· Basic strategies and techniques of assisting in the instruction of students who are medically fragile.
· Oral and written communication skills; correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.
· Basic mathematical skills.
· Basic computer applications/assistive technology.
· Personal hygiene practices; health and safety regulations (including f irst Aid and CPR procedures).
· A ssist teacher in responding to student health emergencies.
· Assist in bathroom routines and feeding.
· Prepare instructional materials and maintain records as directed by teacher.
· Use basic computer applications and assistive technology.
· Assist in lifting students and equipment.
· Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity toward students and their individual differences in terms of abilities, cultures and languages.
· Maintain confidentiality of student records or other sensitive and privileged information in accordance with district, state and federal mandates and other specified legal requirements or policies.
Valid First Aid and CPR Certificate issued by an authorized agency. Some positions in this classification may be required to utilize a designated second language.

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