Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is a behavioral condition that is characterized by repeated patterns of disobedient, hostile, and defiant behavior toward authority figures. The behavior of children with ODD goes beyond the struggles that are a part of normal adolescence. Children struggling with Oppositional Defiant Disorder are prone to frequent temper tantrums and outbursts, as well as have little regard for parents, teachers, and authority figures in general. They may bother others on purpose to provoke conflict and confrontation, blame others for their misbehavior, are easily frustrated by others, and seek revenge when feeling wronged. Their behavior often has a negative effect on the home and school because of the continual conflict with authority.
Treatment for Oppositional Defiant Disorder normally involves behavior therapy. Therapy typically helps to teach new behaviors and responses to stimuli. This means removing negative reward behavior patterns and helping them to seek positive attention instead. Family is a part of the treatment for ODD as parents need to work to discontinue actions which unintentionally have reinforced negative behaviors. However, treatment plans for children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder are individually tailored based on the specific symptoms being shown.
Parents may want to seek professional treatment when experiencing symptoms of ODD from their child. Symptoms of the disorder may escalate into acts of violence and self-destructive behavior, so it’s important to find help when warning signs arise. Parents of ODD children may find disciplining them extremely difficult. The hostile and argumentative responses received by the child can create frustration and despair. Parents should attempt to recognize and praise for positive behavior, model appropriate behavior patterns, set and reinforce limits, and create a structured environment at home. This can create a more positive environment in the home that helps Oppositional Defiant Disorder children establish less destructive behavior patterns.
Promise Village: Home for Children is a residential treatment facility with experience dealing with adolescents with Oppositional Defiant Disorder. It is a safe, structured environment for children where they are praised for their positive behavior and are modeled appropriate behavior by staff. Promise Village works to correct their negative behavior patterns by being a strength-based and positive environment while also holding children accountable for their misbehavior. Promise Village: Home for Children has helped many struggling children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
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