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TSS -- Therapeutic Support Staff, Staff that Supports Individual Students


Definition: A TSS or Therapeutic Support Staff, is staff that supports individual students. They are often called one to one aides or wrap around staff. Therapeutic support staff are hired to work with an individual student. Their employment is usually named as an accommodation in that student's IEP. TSS are often paid for or paid by the local (county) mental health agency rather than the school district. Being a TSS does not require a college degree, but often graduates with degrees in psychology find work as a TSS while they are pursuing advanced degrees. A TSS's primary responsibility is to the student for whom they are hired. They may help the teacher or other students in order to create a positive environment for their student, but they are not supervised directly by the teacher, but by the IEP.
Also Known As: One to One Aide, Wrap Around, Wrap Around Aide
Because of his self injurious behavior, Rodney has a TSS at school, who sees that Rodney does not bang his head on the tray of his chair, or on the wall.

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