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Oppositional Defiant Disorder

ODD is a relatively unexplored disorder that is becoming more and more pronounced in school-aged children. Teachers can help students struggling with ODD tremendously.
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Allison Heffernan

on 21 April 2011

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Transcript of Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Most children will "act out" or exhibit some sort of defiance, but when does it become a "disorder"? Signs and symptoms of ODD include... •frequent temper tantrums

•excessive arguments with adults

•refusal to comply with adult requests

•always questioning rules; refusal to follow rules

•behavior intended to annoy or upset others, including adults

•blaming others for his/her misbehaviors or mistakes

•easily annoyed by others
Researchers agree that a compilation of these symptoms can be defined as ODD when they are exhibited for more than... 6 months. So, once it's defined, how do we, as teachers, respond when a student exhibits symptoms of ODD in our classrooms? Based on researching multiple possibilities, the best practice protocol includes three strategies. 1.) Establish clear classroom rules 2.) Post the daily schedule 3.) Systematically teach social skills A teacher should expect to involve him or herself to the point that it affects that student's, or other students', success in all of the 6 dimensions of health. However, that is not to say that a teacher
should or can diagnose a student with any
disorder, unless he or she has a degree in
either psychology or psychiatry. If it affects the success of one or more of
a teacher's students, he or she needs to be proactive by using the best practice protocol described previously. I can't do this all by myself. Who should I contact? A teacher can look to multiple sources
for further guidance in teaching students
with ODD... School Counselors
Special Education Teachers
Health Education Teachers
School Nurses
Psychiatrists Unfortunately, ODD has not been extensively researched, so resources are more limited than they might be with other school health issues. But, these professionals will probably have information that, combined, will make you a... Super Teacher!!!! *Images obtained from google.com in an image search
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