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 (with its 25% increase in suicide thinking and 24% increase in anxiety/panic admissions).
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
- Early Onset Bipolar Disorder
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Oppositional Defiant 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.
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
Wired Differently Seminar
Dates & Locations
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 PT||Attendee Login|
|10:00 am ET / 7:00 am PT||Positive Behavioral Supports for Students Who Are “Wired Differently”
Five Keys for Successfully Working with Students Who Are Wired Differently
|1:00 pm ET / 10:00 am PT||Lunch|
|1:30 pm ET / 10:30 am PT||
Disruptive Behavior Disorders: Improving Outcomes for Students with ODD, CD and IED
|4:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm PT||Q & A|
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
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.