Treating Your Son with Oppositional Defiance Disorder
We can treat your son with Oppositional Defiance Disorder, or ODD, a psychiatric disorder that can emerge in childhood, in which he exhibits argumentative behaviors, regularly disobeying you and, to put it simply, is fundamentally in an awful mood (particularly when around people in positions of authority).
While many teens display some of these characteristics at various times, if your boy is exceptionally insubordinate, deliberately disruptive or belligerent, visibly angry or extremely touchy, continually in conflict with authority, spiteful, maybe even blaming others for his own errors, he might have ODD.
Oppositional Defiance Disorder
Left untreated, ODD is a very trying condition, both for you and your child. It is important to categorize this Disorder properly, to ensure that his behaviors do not worsen, possibly leading to problems with powers that be, or violent or self-destructive behaviors.
In addition to possibly having other, correctable conditions (i.e.: ADHD or depression), ODD can be a precursor to other, more difficult problems such as criminal behavior, conduct disorder and substance abuse.
Useful behavioral therapy might concentrate on how to prevent problematic thoughts or behaviors from inadvertently being reinforced. Rather, use of positive reinforcement and praise for appropriate behaviors are basics in successful care.
About Promise Village
Promise Village is a non-denominational, highly therapeutic, residential facility for struggling boys, using an eclectic treatment approach with a Relation-based model of care (the basis of which is that relationships are the top predictor of positive treatment outcomes). We offer a clinically sophisticated program of the highest quality in a positive home-like environment, in which our boys can develop confidence, respect, self-esteem, reliability and self-control.
We create a Master Treatment Plan for which we tailor goals in treating his ODD, identify core issues, help your son heal from past struggles and learn healthy coping skills, eliminate thinking errors, reconcile discord and develop a new attitude toward life.
Our treatment program is comprised of a multi-modal approach; Frequent group (along with individual and family) therapy is invaluable due to the tremendous attention boys this age place on being accepted by their peer group, and in which they hammer out issues of respect, value, frustration, disagreement, leading to resolution and emotion management in a productive and safe environment.
Animal-assisted therapy teaches social skills and responsibility, and the kids learn first to trust animals, and eventually, humans. Recreational therapy is meant to be fun, but with teachable moments, where teamwork, creativity and problem-solving skills are honed. At all times are the boys closely supervised by Therapists and Life Coaches, who motivate and model a positive lifestyle, facilitate enrichment opportunities and develop nurturing and trusting relationships. Psychiatric Evaluations allow for constant monitoring, as we strive to reduce/eliminate his need for medications as your boy grows in ability to self-regulate and resolve his core issues.
In spite of everything you’ve tried, and all the heartbreak, fear and discouragement you’ve experienced, when we look at your child we will see his possibilities, and not his problems. We will help him overcome his challenges, discover his strengths and focus on his PROMISES yet to be fulfilled, knowing that long after he leaves our care, his future can be a bright one.
If you need help for your son with his Oppositional Defiance Disorder, please contact us at 1-877-A PROMISE for further information.