Positive Behavioral Support for Students Who Are Wired Differently
5 Keys for Working With All Neuro-Diverse Students


Fact: 20 percent of all students are diagnosable for a mental, emotional or behavior health issue.

This seminar will help classroom teachers, counselors, administrators and other school personnel understand how to support this high-potential, neuro-diverse portion of the student population while avoiding an unmanageable classroom environment. 

In a single classroom, it is quite conceivable that
a teacher might be dealing with five or more differ- ent disorders. Some of the most common challenges mainstreamed in the classroom are:

• Anxiety Disorders
• Trauma & Stress
• Early Onset Bipolar Disorder
• Depression
• Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
• Asperger’s Syndrome
• Oppositional Defiant Disorder 

These issues are often undiagnosed and easily misunderstood – and may be responded to as simple discipline issues. Behaviors that tend to be common to students who are Wired Differently include: disorganization; perfectionism; trouble dealing with change; performance and testing anxiety; social anxiety and over- and under-reacting to adults and peers. 

The second half of this seminar focuses on students who exhibit more hostile behavior – temper tantrums, fighting, cruelty and defiance. Typically educators slip into a pattern of coercion and punishment and peers start to reject these students — often leading to academic difficulties, poor relationships, substance abuse, delinquency and crime. But these students may actually have a Disruptive Behavior Disorder – Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder and/or Intermittent Explosive Disorder. This session provides effective practices for working with, and reducing confrontations with, these students. It examines each disorder and connects the dots between the three. Attendees will learn why get- ting tough and zero tolerance do not work and how educators can steer away from power struggles.

You Will Learn to: 

  • Restructure traditional practices that often fail.
  • Implement do’s and don’ts for supporting this
    group of students with dignity and respect.
  • Create a climate that balances between challenge and support.
  • Reduce stigma and create a respectful climate in the classroom and school.

Video Clips

The 5 Keys

Implementing Accomdations

Consistency in Teaching

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Attendee Feedback

"I learned so many skills and intervention strategies to use in class. I gained so much I can immediately use. This is an awesome training!
Special Education Teacher
St. Louis, MO
"I can use these strategies in my classroom tomorrow! I'm so glad I was able to attend this seminar."
Elementary School Teacher
Omaha, NE
"This has been a very helpful training. I am excited to return to school and share what I learned students and colleagues."
High School Teacher
Houston, TX
"The presenter did an excellent job of modeling how to handle difficult situations with students. This is the best Professional Development training I've been to in years."
High School Principal
Philadelphia, PA

Wired Differently Seminar
Dates & Locations

Denver, CO
Monday, May 10, 2020

Denver DoubleTree Stapleton North
4040 Quebec St.
Denver, CO 802162
(303) 321-6666

Dallas, TX
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Crowne Plaza Dallas Market Center
7050 N. Stemmons Frwy
Dallas, TX 75247
(214) 630-8500

Orlando, FL
Thursday, August 6, 2020

Caribe Royale
8101 World Center Dr.
Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 238-8000

Wired Differently Seminar Pricing

Individual Registration

Groups 3-9

Groups 10+

Early Registration
$149 USD
$124 USD
$109 USD
Advanced Registration
$169 USD
$144 USD
$129 USD
Regular Registration
$189 USD
$164 USD
$149 USD
Your registration fee includes refreshments and materials. It does not include meals, hotel accommodations or parking.
Register 30 days prior to Seminar date and save! Groups of 20+, call 1-800-251-6805 for special pricing
When 3 or more people register together from the same school district or agency, each participant is entitled to a $25 USD discount off their registration fee. To receive this discount, all participants in the group must register at the same time and have a single group representative as the contact person.
All cancellations incur a $20 administrative fee andmust be received in writing or electronically seven days prior to seminar. No refunds will be issued on cancellations received after that date. Substitutions are welcome at any time. Developmental Resources, Inc. reserves the right to cancel any seminar in the event of insufficient registration, in which case a full refund will be returned. If for any reason the seminar is not held, Developmental Resources’ liability is limited to a refund of the registration fee paid. If you miss the cancellation deadline, and are unable to either attend the training or send a substitute, we will issue a voucher that is valid for two years. It is transferrable to a colleague and may be applied toward any of our professional development events.

Seminar Presenter

Mike Paget, M.ED.

*In case of an emergency, another qualified presenter will substitute

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.

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