Studies show that approximately 20 percent of all students are diagnosable for a mental, emotional or behavioral health issue. This seminar will help counselors, teachers and other professionals understand how to support and teach this high-potential portion of the student population while avoiding an unmanageable classroom environment.
About this Seminar
n a single classroom, it is quite conceivable that a teacher might be dealing with 4 or 5 different disorders. Some of the most common challenges mainstreamed in the classroom tend to be:
– Anger Disorders
– Bipolar Disorder
– Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
– Oppositional Defiant Disorder
– Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
– Anxiety Disorder
– Asperger’s Syndrome
– Borderline Personality Disorder
– Reactive Attachment 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:
– Trouble dealing with change
– Performance and testing anxiety
– Social anxiety
– Over- and under-reacting to adults and peers
The goal of this seminar 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.
In this information-packed seminar, you will learn to:
– Recognize common misunderstandings educators sometimes have about these students.
– Restructure traditional policies and practices that often fail with these students.
– Implement do’s and don’ts for 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
– Creating a climate that strikes a balance between challenge and support
– Helping smooth social interactions
– Reduce stigma and to create a respectful climate with a particularly challenging classroom situation
– Develop practical ways to prevent students from riding the mental health escalator
– Integrate other successful approaches to reach students with emotional, mental and behavioral challenges
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About the Presenter
Mike currently works as a state consultant for students with severe emotional and behavioral problems. He has 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. He has conducted seminars across the U.S. and Canada for educators on creative techniques for managing classroom behavior, student aggression and crisis intervention. He is co-author of the books,Aggressive and Violent Students and Defying the Defiance.
Mike Paget, M.Ed.
In case of an emergency, another qualified presenter will substitute.