What is Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)?
Children with ODD have a pattern of behavioral difficulties, using lasting for several months. Children with ODD may appear unusually angry. They may frequently lose their temper and refuse to follow directions or rules. Sometimes this occurs only in the home, but may occur in the school as well.
What does treatment for ODD look like?
ODD is treatable with behavior therapy. Typically, a large focus is on improving the parent-child relationship which means that parent training programs are usually recommended. Parent training programs will work with parents on how to give effective commands, how to set clear expectations, how to avoid power struggles, as well as how to use reinforcements and consequences to change a child’s behavior.
In addition, Foundations Pediatrics often incorporates individual therapy for children to learn effective communication and coping skills to manage their emotions.