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Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Children

Anyone who is a parent has, at one time or another, wondered if their child had #ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder) or was just acting like a “normal” 2 or 3 year old. Let’s suppose that the child is 8 or 12 years old and is still acting out that same way? Now, we may have a problem.

That’s when parents have to seek out help from doctors or other mental health professionals. It must be determined if a child acting “normal” or really does have this Disorder. This Disorder also affects the families involved. All must be trained in how to deal with this Disorder and move the child toward more socially acceptable behavior in all situations.

Leah Davies M.Ed., also known as Kelly Bear, has just published an amazing post on her website that does provide some definitions, descriptions, programs, and other ways to to help teachers and parents understand.

This problem is not easily solved. As a teacher for over 4 decades, I have seen my share of children who fit this description and their parents who don’t “see it” at all!

I absolutely did NOT expect all children to be all perfect in their behavior! But I did expect parents to do their job as guiders and counselors to help their children become responsible citizens! I usually met with my local school counselor for their advice and then met with the parents. In one instance, I’ve even sought out “free” family counseling for one particular student and his family. Unfortunately, the mother had all kinds of excuses and never took her family to get help.

If you’re one of these parents or teachers who has contact with a child like this, please spend a few minutes and read Leah Davies’ post. It’ll provide a good outline of ODD. Please let me know what you think and how helpful this article was to you.

http://www.kellybear.com/TeacherArticles/TeacherTip68.html

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