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

COVID-19 Update

With the ongoing concerns about COVID-19 (the Coronavirus), we want you to know that the safety and health of participants in this seminar is our top priority. Given the actual statistics and CDC recommendations, we are planning to proceed with the seminar and want to see you there. We’re also taking precautions to make sure the seminar is as safe as we can make it.

We are asking our attendees and staff to avoid handshakes, to wash their hands and to use Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer. These are all effective measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 – as well as colds, flu and other illnesses.

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

Virtual Seminar
Tuesday, May 19
9:00 am CT

Due to the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 this Seminar will be held as a Zoom Meeting.


8:30-9:00 Attendee Login
9:00-12:00 Positive Behavioral Supports for Students Who Are “Wired Differently
  • Why Traditional Discipline Practices Often Fail
  • Essential and Effective Supports Educators can Provide
Five Keys for Successfully Working with Students Who Are Wired Differently
  • Key #1: Helping Students Own Who They Are
  • Key #2: Reasonable Accommodations in the Classroom
  • Key #3: Prevention – Avoiding Escalation
  • Key #4: No Stigma Zone
  • Key# 5: A Positive & Welcoming Climate
  • Laying the Foundation for Success: Effective School-Wide Prevention and Positive Skill-Building
  • The Importance of Adult Attitudes & Behaviors When Using Positive Behavior Supports
  • The 8 Elements of Successful Classroom Management
  • Important Lifestyle Issues for Students who are Wired Differently
  • Additional Tier 1 Supports
  • Tier 2 & 3 Supports for Common Disorders Impacting Students
    • ADHD
    • Anxiety Disorders
    • Trauma
    • Asperger’s & High-Functioning Autism
  • How Behavior Plans are Best Employed with the Various Mental/Emotional/Behavioral Concerns in Your Classroom
  • Tools for Teaching Social Skills to Students Who Are Wired Differently
12:00-1:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 4:00
Disruptive Behavior Disorders: Improving Outcomes for Students with ODD, CD and IED
  • Risk Factors and Symptoms of:
    • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
    • Conduct Disorder
    • Intermittent Explosive Disorder
  • Workable Classroom Accommodations for Dealing with Disruptive Disorders
  • Strategies for De-Escalating Confrontational Situations in Your School or Classroom
  • Employing More Successful Approaches Including Brevity, Listening, Neutral Tone of Voice, Honesty and Humor
  • Why it’s Important to Avoid Lectures, Interrupting, Yelling and Arguing
  • Connecting with Families
  • Connecting with Mental Health
  • Finding the Strengths of Neuro-Diverse Learners
  • Putting it All in Place: Planning for Change
4:00 Q & A


Credit Hours

Certificates of Completion for this seminar, which indicate 6 contact hours of Continuing Education, will be available at the end of the seminar upon completion of a course evaluation.

In many cases, depending on your Profession and Jurisdiction, this Certificate of Completion is sufficient for tracking your Continuing Education and Professional Development efforts.

We suggest that you contact your local Board or Governing Agency to see exactly what steps are necessary for approval in your particular discipline. Please note that Developmental Resources is also an approved Provider for the following National and Regional Accrediting Agencies.

Developmental Resources has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5602. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.

AccuTrain Corporation, #1053, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org  through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. AccuTrain maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Approval Period: (8/13/2019 – 8/13/2022). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6 Clinical Social Work continuing education clock hours.

A Certificate of Completion for 6.0 contact hours is available upon completion of Seminar Evaluation.

Wired Differently Seminar Pricing

Individual Registration

Groups 3-9

Groups 10+

Early Bird & Virtual Seminar 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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