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Digital Seminar

Classroom Management for Mental Health and Behavioral Issues: Surefire Solutions to Help Students with Autism, ODD, ADHD and Other Challenges Thrive at School

Jay Berk, PhD
6 Hours 04 Minutes
Jan 29, 2019
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Imagine the students you find most challenging to work with … they may be aggressive, fail to comply, or refuse to do school work. Some are disrespectful in the classroom while others struggle to focus, control their impulsive behavior or fail to satisfactorily transition from one activity to another.

You’ve tried everything. You’ve looked everywhere for answers and you’re starting to worry there’s nothing else you can do. It’s discouraging, stressful, and exhausting. No matter your level of skill or experience, students who fail to thrive despite your best efforts can drain your enthusiasm and determination.

This recording will provide you with solutions to the biggest obstacles you face involving mental health and behavioral issues in your classroom and enable you to foster the fundamental positive change needed to help your most challenging students reach their full potential!

Better still, you don’t need to be a behavioral expert to benefit from this class. The techniques, strategies and skills taught in this program are useful for your school’s entire team – from teachers and special education staff to school psychologists, counselors and social workers.

You'll learn how to:

  • Increase flexible thinking, attention span and self-regulation
  • Decrease distraction, impulsivity and defiance
  • Build the underdeveloped social skills that are the key to classroom management
  • Stop electronics from negatively impacting the classroom

Leave with renewed passion for your work, knowing you have the skills and tools you need to help all students get down to the business of learning regardless of the challenges they face!


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Jay Berk, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and an internationally recognized expert in the child/adolescent behavioral field who brings both a clinical and education perspective to his work with children, adolescents and their families. For over 25 years, Dr. Berk has been treating clients with ODD, ADHD, autism, anxiety and stress, depression, learning disabilities, Tourette’s Syndrome and individuals who have multiple impairments. He conducts 15 social skills/mental health groups for children and adolescents and works daily with school and community professionals, families and parents. Dr. Berk continually consults for several school districts. In his private practice, in Beachwood, Ohio, he provides therapy for children, adolescents, families, testing and evaluation, school consultation as well as an alternative educational program.

Dr. Berk presents nationally on the topics of autism, disruptive behavior disorders, mental health issues in the classroom, ODD and social skills competency. In his workshops, he teaches professionals who work with children and adolescents, practical treatment and intervention strategies. He has been invited to present at hundreds of schools and conferences including being a repeated consultant to the Department of Education in Hawaii. As a past consultant to the United Nations, Dr. Berk authored a manual for UNICEF that was used by teachers working with children throughout Bosnia during the war. He has also worked in London, England with defiant teenagers; Kristiansand, Norway with traumatized youth; and the American Red Cross with trauma response.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Jay Berk maintains a private practice and is the owner of Social Skills 360. He has an employment relationship with Intenta and is an international speaker and consultant and receives compensation. Dr. Berk receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Jay Berk has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Communicate how frequently overlooked learning disabilities can impact the success of students in the classroom.
  2. Discover how movement-based strategies can meet the sensory needs of kids and promote self-regulation.
  3. Explore how push-in approaches can be effectively utilized in the school setting to build underdeveloped social skills.
  4. Develop a strategy for responding to shut-down behavior in kids and adolescents with ASD and anxiety.
  5. Articulate how timers, must-do lists, and focus games can be employed to create a learning environment that promotes prioritization and attention with students who struggle to follow directions and stay on task.
  6. Analyze how electronics are impacting today’s students and learn to utilize strategies that help kids achieve digital balance.


Work with the Whole Child: Initial Considerations for Mental Health and Behavioral Issues at School
  • Why school staff needs to know about mental health
  • Frequently overlooked mental health and learning disabilities
  • What you need to know about medications … and why
  • Push-in vs. pull-out approaches
Decrease Impulsive Behaviors at School
  • Recommended for: ADHD, ASD
  • Tips for teaching self-control
  • How to front-end load consequences
  • Meet sensory needs to promote self-regulation
  • Movement-based solutions
Build Underdeveloped Social Skills: The Key to Classroom Management
  • Recommended for: ASD, anxiety, depression
  • Practical strategies to cultivate social skills growth
  • Problem solving activities and scenarios
  • Implementing effective push-in approaches
  • Creative strategies for fostering connection
  • Technology and social skills – texting over talking?
Increase Flexible Thinking and Reduce Anxiety
  • Recommended for: ASD, anxiety, rigidity, OCD
  • Make transitions manageable
  • Change patterns of rigid thinking
  • Coping skills to deal with anger and anxiety
  • How to respond to shut-down behavior
  • Replacement behaviors
Help Students Follow Directions and Stay on Task
  • Recommended for: ADHD, ODD
  • Motivate students to stay on task with timers
  • ”Must-do” lists to promote prioritization
  • Increase attention span with focus games
  • Redirection strategies that get them back on task
Handle Disruptive, Argumentative and Defiant Students
  • Recommended for: ODD and conduct disorder
  • What adults should never say but usually do
  • 3 simple steps to end in-class arguing
  • Give the perception of control with choice
  • Build self-regulation skills
  • School refusal strategies
Stop Electronic Addiction for Hijacking Your Classroom
  • Are my students addicted to technology?
  • The myth of multi-tasking
  • End in class texting
  • Electronic bullying

Target Audience

  • Teachers
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologist
  • Paraprofessionals
  • School Social Workers
  • School Administrators
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants

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