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Are there residential treatment centers that effectively treat ODD? How many kids in the US under 17 have ODD?


Hi B. & D.,

RE: Are there residential treatment centers that effectively treat ODD?

Residential treatment is not recommended for the treatment of ODD. Parent management training (PMT) is the recommendation because it has been demonstrated to affect negative interactions that repeatedly occur between the children and their parents.

PMT consists of procedures with which parents are trained to change their own behaviors and thereby alter their child's problem behavior in the home.

PMT is based on 35 years of well-developed research showing that oppositional and defiant patterns arise from maladaptive parent-child interactions that start in early childhood.

These patterns develop when parents inadvertently reinforce disruptive and deviant behaviors in a child by giving those behaviors a significant amount of negative attention. At the same time, the parents, who are often exhausted by the struggle to obtain compliance with simple requests, usually fail to provide positive attention; often, the parents have infrequent positive interactions with their children.

The pattern of negative interactions evolves quickly as the result of repeated, ineffective, emotionally expressed commands and comments; ineffective harsh punishments; and insufficient attention and modeling of appropriate behaviors.

My Out-of-Control Teen eBook provides parents the training needed in disrupting negative behavior problems associated with ODD.

RE: How many kids in the US under 17 have ODD?

The exact number of cases of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) in the U.S. in not known. ODD is the most common psychiatric problem in children. Over 5% of all children have this. In younger children it is more common in boys than girls, but as they grow older, the rate is the same in males and females.


Anonymous said...

I have a daughter dx with ADHD, ODD,OCD. She is 13 and I realize she is too young to be DX with a personality disorder but my psychotherapist believes she has all signs and symptoms of anti-social behavior. We really don't know how to deal with this. My Mother and Sisiter also have it. How do you sent limits and punishments to a child that will retaliate by acting out with worse behavior. This is an example of her behavior- she was on a web site which we asked her not to be on because of really bad sexual talk to a boy. We locked it up in our bedroom and when my husband went into the shower and I was getting ready for work, the bedroom door was closed but unlocked, she went in and stole it back out of our room. She feels it is hers and doesn't believe in punishments for behavioral issues. She has been involved with terrible risky behavior putting herself and us in danger. We have even had to resort to filing a wayward child petition. How do we deal with her? Got any suggestions?

Anonymous said...

Dianna Justice-Ray My 5 year old has ODD and I have did the parent management training and it was helpful in lots of ways. The coach gave me encouragement and ideas of things to do which have been very helpful and we're still trying to implement some of them. It has been a learning process and I now realize that I need to work on my behavior/attitude as much as my child needs to work on theirs. At least I know I'm not alone in this :)
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Anonymous said...

My son is 11 years old and shows all the classic symptoms of ODD, he is angry, resentful, arguementative daily. He was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome 2 years ago and is getting help and support at school, but somehow in the last 12 months the ODD is becoming unbearable. He is constantly opposing everything, daily from the foods he will eat to refusing to shower. He swears, uses inappropriate language and threatens everyone. I am at my witts end with him and am afraid that his behaviour is having devastating effects on the mental health of myself, my husband and my daughter. All we want is for him to join us in enjoying life, we simply have no clue how. We don't want to give up, but its getting harder and harder to hold it together.


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