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Skills for ALL ESP




While professional development for support professionals is still very much in its infancy in some job groups, it is important to recognize that professional development does not have to be job specific.

There are certain skills that should be gained by all ESP:

  • Effective discipline
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Diversity awareness
  • Stress management
  • Motivating at-risk students
  • Working with special needs students
  • Crisis intervention
  • School safety (for example, gang awareness)
  • Self defense
  • Customer/community relations
  • Health and safety issues (for example, blood borne pathogens)
  • Time management
  • Dealing with difficult people
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Leadership skills
  • CPR/first responder courses
  • Reporting suspected child abuse

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