Students with “Acting In” Disorders are usually more self-destructive than outwardly-destructive. The most common of these disorders in schools are anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, Asperger’s syndrome and trauma (including post-traumatic stress syndrome). Because these challenges are inwardly focused, students who experience these issues are less likely to be identified for help.
Everyone experiences occasional anxiety, but for students with anxiety disorders, anxiety is always present but not in response to a specific danger or threat. These disorders can include separation anxiety, phobias, generalized anxiety and social anxiety. An educator might see:
- Frequent erasing or starting over
- Refusing to get started
- Worry about a test
- Resisting getting involved
- Avoiding participation in class discussions
Students with early onset bipolar disorder experience dramatic shifts in mood and energy levels. In students, these moods often shift rapidly and a student may experience both extremes at the same time. These students are often precocious, bright and creative. Symptoms might include:
- Severe separation anxiety
- Oppositional behaviors
- Sensitivity to stimuli
Asperger’s is a disorder at the highly functional end of the autism spectrum. An educator might see:
- Persistent challenges in social interaction
- High sensitivity to changes in environment
- Confusion with complex assignments
- Difficulty prioritizing tasks
- Aversion to certain motor activities
Trauma is the emotional, social, behavioral or physical response to an upsetting event. In school, trauma can look like:
- Distraction & difficulty concentrating
- Negative mood
Psychologist Mike Paget has helped thousands of educators understand how to work with the 1 in 5 students who are diagnosable for a mental, emotional or behavioral health disorder through his keynote presentations, his seminars, his books and his active work as a national education consultant. In this 90-minute webinar, he will help educators understand students who experience these disorders and suggest accommodations, as well as how to prevent negative behaviors. He will also discuss how to create an environment that helps all students (including those with disabilities) flourish academically.
In this webinar, you will learn to:
- Recognize common misunderstandings educators sometimes have about students with “Acting In” Disorders.
- Restructure traditional policies and practices that often fail with these students.
- Implement “do’s and don’ts” for teaching and supporting these students with dignity and respect through:
- Assisting with organizational challenges
- Building an environment that minimizes perfectionism
- Controlling change, while helping students deal with it
- Create a climate that strikes a balance between challenge and support – Helping smooth social interactions.
- Reduce stigma and create a respectful climate with a particularly “challenging” classroom situation
- Develop practical ways to prevent students from riding the “mental health escalator.”
The goal of this webinar is to provide you with key insights and approaches to help you prevent disruptions and distractions, while maximizing the abilities of students with these unique challenges.
About the Presenter:
Mike Paget, M.Ed.
Mike currently works as a consultant to schools throughout North America to help them better teach challenging students. As a state consultant for students with severe emotional and behavioral problems, he worked with ODD, CD and other special needs students for more than 25 years. Mike is an innovator of effective approaches for working with extremely challenging students and has conducted seminars across the U.S. and Canada on creative techniques for managing classroom behavior, student aggression and crisis intervention. He is co-author of Aggressive and Violent Students and Defying the Defiance. His newest book is High on the Spectrum: Asperger’s, High-Functioning Autism & Related Personalities.
Who Should Attend:
- School Counselors
- Social Workers (All Levels)
- Principals and Administrators
- Special Education Personnel
- At-Risk Coordinators
- After-School Program Coordinators
- School nurses