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Oppositional Defiant Disorder Suggestions

(Also Known As: ODD Suggestions, Adhd Suggestions, Defiant Suggestions, Oppositional Suggestions, Bi-Polar Suggestions, Explosive Disorder Suggestions)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Suggestions for Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Because the onset oppositional defiant disorder often occurs at a very young age, its common symptoms are often misconstrued as common behavioral problems that are typically normal at the child’s age. Parents and caregivers however should always be aware of the tell tale signs that their child could be projecting an oppositional defiant disorder, when their behavior becomes a common problem that hampers their socialization skills, learning abilities, and relationships with other people that commonly results in a distressing situation, not only to the child but to parents and to authority figures as well.

The condition often occurs with underlying and associated psychological and behavioral disorders, which when left untreated can become more severe and debilitating to the child’s future. Positive reinforcements on the child’s attitude are important and should come from the parents. The condition occurs at the formative age of the child and their behavior should be corrected before they fully develop defiant and aggressive behaviors.

There are ways by which the parents can help their child with oppositional defiant disorder through the following approaches: 11

  • Pick your battles, such as prioritizing the things you want your child to do since children with oppositional defiant disorder have trouble avoiding power struggles.
  • Build on the positives by giving the child some praise and positive reinforcement every time they show cooperation.
  • Learn to take a break when you are about to make the conflict with your child worse instead of getting into a worse situation.
  • Support your child when they decide to take a time out in order to prevent them from over reacting to the situation.
  • Set more reasonable limits that are appropriate to the child’s age with consistent enforcement of the consequences.
  • Maintain interests other than being pre-occupied with your child so that you managing your child will not take all your time. Asking for support from other adults, such as your spouse and teachers, will give you a break which allows you to better deal with your child’s behavior.
  • Learn to manage your own stress through exercise and relaxation.

Many children with oppositional defiant disorder often react positively with positive parenting techniques. This should help parents and family members better cope with the stress and responsibility in dealing with children having oppositional defiant disorder.

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