We are talking with Dr. Robert Reynolds about what is "normal" when it comes to children who are constantly fighting everything their parents say and do.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD):
- A recurrent pattern of negative, defiant, disobedient, and hostile behavior toward authority figures, most often parents.
- A Condition of Chronic Inflexibility
- It occurs in approx. 10% of kids
- Untreated: often gets worse
Signs of ODD (4 or more of following):
- Often loses temper
- Often argues with adults
- Often defies adults requests or rules
- Often deliberately annoys people
- Often blames other for mistakes or misbehavior
- Often touchy or easily annoyed
- Often angry and resentful
Treatment Do's and Don'ts:
- Stop the Punishment, Punishment and more Punishment--doesn't work
- Stop the Yelling and the Threats
- Start Picking and Choosing Battles
- Start Modeling Flexibility
- Start Cooperative Problem-Solving
- Time for Old Dogs to Learn New Tricks
If you want to learn more about ODD and how to best manage a number of other behavioral and learning challenges children face, check out The Reynolds Clinic.