Common features of the child disorder known as Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) include excessive, often persistent anger, frequent temper tantrums or angry outbursts, as well as disregard for authority. Children and adolescents with ODD often purposefully annoy others, blame others for their own mistakes, and are easily disturbed.
Parents often observe more rigid and irritable behaviours than in their other siblings. In addition, these young people may appear resentful of others and when someone does something they don’t like they prefer taking revenge more than sensitive solutions.
This disorder also leaves many professionals dealing with children perplexed and confused and virtuall all learners diagnosed with ODD are either on medication, in play therapy or both. Parents are given no practical suggestions regarding how to parent these children. Mothers’ of ODD are usually highly anxious and this anxiety tends to exacerbate the problem.
Parents are often left helpless with the most common way in dealing with these children is through medication. I have had dramatic improvements in the behaviour of these children by giving parents the tools that enable them to manage these children effectively.
Feedback from parents who have implemented the structures given to them in the SmartChoiceParenting programme have reported quite dramatic improvement in their child’s behaviour.
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