5 Keys For Working With Students Who Are Wired Differently
Positive Behavioral Supports While Addressing Learning Loss With Trauma-Impacted & Neuro-Diverse Students


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

Fact: 43 percent of students have sufficient trauma in their lives to impact every aspect of school and social success.

Fact: 100 percent of students have experienced the COVID-19 pandemic (increases in anxiety, mood disorders, social isolation, trauma, academic challenges).  

This seminar will help classroom teachers, counselors, administrators, and other school personnel understand how to support students who come to school with these significant challenges to success, happiness and expected behavior. Some students are neuro-diverse (“Wired Differently”) by nature, while all students’ brains are subject to “re-wiring” by poverty, stress and trauma. This training will help educators work effectively to support these students while avoiding unmanageable classroom environments.  

In a single classroom a teacher is likely to be dealing with several diagnosable disorders and the effects of trauma and poverty. Some of the most common challenges mainstreamed in the classroom are:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Trauma & Stress
  • Depression/Mood Disorders
  • Early Onset Bipolar Disorder
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • ADHD
  • Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders: Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and Intermittent Explosive Disorder 

These issues are often undiagnosed and easily misunderstood – and may be treated as “ordinary” 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 disruptive and hostile behavior – temper tantrums, fighting, cruelty and defiance. Typically, educators slip into a pattern of coercion and punishment in reaction to 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. Attendees will learn why getting tough and zero tolerance do not work and how educators can steer away from power struggles.

Learning Objectives: 

In this information-packed professional development session, you will learn to:

  • Restructure traditional practices that often fail
  • Implement do’s and don’ts for supporting students with dignity and respect who are Wired Differently
  • Implement effective strategies and accommodations that reduce student misbehavior and improve class climate
  • 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

Virtual Seminar
Monday, April 26, 2021

Attendees will be able to login beginning at 9:45 am ET/6:45 am PT. The live session will begin at 10:00 am ET/7:00 am (PT).

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


9:45 am ET / 6:45 am PTAttendee Login
10:00 am ET / 7:00 am PT

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 strategies that minimize failure & accommodations to increase success
  • Key #3: The most Essential support: relationships with caring adults
  • 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
1:00 pm ET / 10:00 am PTLunch
1:30 pm ET / 10:30 am PT

Disruptive Behavior Disorders: Improving Outcomes for Students with ODD, CD and IED

  • ADHD: The Connection to Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • 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
4:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm PTQ & 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:

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.

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+

Virtual Seminar Registration 
$149 USD
$129 USD
$109 USD
Standard Registration$189 USD$169 USD$149 USD
Register by 4/12 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.
If you cannot attend the event on the scheduled date, or if the event is postponed for any reason, you may send a substitute, transfer to a different event or request a Voucher for a future event. Substitutions should be made in writing (please email pd@accutrain.com) and are welcome until the day of the event. Vouchers are valid for up to three years for future AccuTrain events and may be transferred to a colleague.

Seminar Presenter

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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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