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Wired Differently
Mike Paget

Friday, December 6, 2013
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Hotel Allegro
Chicago, IL

Are you challenged by the commitment to meet the emotional, social and educational needs of a very diverse student body? Do you have a classroom in which multiple students have the need for unique support?  Studies show that approximately 20% of all students are diagnosable for a mental, emotional or behavioral health issue. This workshop 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.

In a single classroom, it is quite conceivable that a teacher might be dealing with four or five different disorders. Some of the most common challenges mainstreamed in the classroom tend to be:
  • Anger disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • 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:
  • Disorganization
  • Perfectionism
  • Trouble dealing with change
  • Performance and testing anxiety
  • Social anxiety
  • Over- and under-reacting to adults and peers
The goal of this workshop 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.
You will learn:
  • Common misunderstandings educators sometimes have about these students
  • Why traditional practices often fail with these students
  • Do’s and Don’ts for supporting these students with dignity and respect 
  • Reducing stigma and creating a respectful climate with a particularly challenging classroom situation
  • Practical ways to prevent students from riding the mental health escalator
  • Other successful approaches to reach students with emotional, mental and behavioral challenges.
This workshop is for teachers, counselors, administrators, PreK-12.
Mike Paget currently works with schools as a consultant throughout North America. As a consultant he works with school faculty and administration to better understands students with severe emotional and behavioral problems, he worked with ODD, OCD and other special needs students for more than 25 years. Paget 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 the co-author of: Aggressive and Violent Students and Defying the Defiance: 131 Insights, Strategies, Lessons and Activities for Helping Students with ODD. His new book, High on the Spectrum: Asperger’s, High-Functioning Autism & Related Personalities, was co-authored with Tip Frank and released in June of 2012.
The workshop will take place in Chicago at the Hotel Allegro, 171 West Randolph Street.

The Hotel Allegro is located in the heart of downtown Chicago in the busy theatre district in close proximity to the Art Institute and Navy Pier. It is also just minutes from Grant Park, Millennium Park, Lincoln Park and Chicago's beautiful lakefront that stretches for miles.

Hotel Accommodations
ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Hotel Allegro: $179/night plus tax (single or double occupancy). To make a reservation, call 1-800-KIMPTON and use Group Code: "ISACS Wired" or click here to reserve a room online. Special discounted rates are available and extended until Wednesday, November 20, 2013.

Hotel Allegro offers valet parking service.  Valet parking is $26 for 4-6 hours and $51 for over 6 hours with in and out privileges (rates are subject to change).  The self parking rate is $46 for over 6 hours. There are several lots within a few blocks of the hotel that offer less expensive daily parking.

Click here for directions and parking information for the Hotel Allegro.

Registration Fee

• $200 Member Fee
• $250 Non Member Fee
• First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $20 discount
• Workshop includes lunch 

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund. 
Questions? Please call 312-750-1190.

Member Cost: $200     Non-member Cost: $250


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