Chatterbox

February 19th, 2009
Categories: ODD

One of our sons, Z, has been diagnosed with ODD, otherwise known as Oppositional Defiant Disorder. It sounds as frustrating as it is. One of the diagnostic symptoms is "often deliberately annoys people". Man, is that the truth! Z will find the thing that drives you the most crazy and then he'll do it as often as possible. He has many ways in which he acts out this particular behavior but his predominant method is talking. Z is always talking. T says that Z even talks in his sleep. He talks when we are talking and when we aren't. He talks when the tv is on and when I'm on the phone. He talks when we're in the car and when we're at the dinner… [more]

More Top Strategies for Parenting a Child With ODD

April 22nd, 2007
Categories: ODD

girl A previous blog lists some great parenting strategies for working with a child who has Opppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). Here are more strategies to try. 5) Keep reminding yourself that this is NOT about you, the parent. This is about the child. Either his brain is not capable of making choices OR his past is keeping him in this spot in order to feel safe. Either way, this is about the child. Your job is to love him anyway. When put that way, sometimes it’s easier to handle the frustration involved in parenting an ODD child. 6) When possible, set up a scenario where you both win. Parent wins, but at the… [more]

Top 10 Parenting Strategies for Oppositional Defiant Disorder

April 22nd, 2007
Categories: ODD

ticked off girlParenting a child with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is difficult. Here are some great strategies to try! Here are some things to try: 1) Inject humor wherever and whenever possible!! I listed this as #1 because I feel it is more important than most any other idea you will ever hear on parenting difficult chidren. When people ask how I’m able to handle working with so many difficult children in my house, I always tell them that the KEY is to have fun!! An internet friend recently visited our home and remarked on how much fun I have with my kids, even when they’re not on their best behavior. I absolutely feel that, without humor, progress will… [more]

Parenting Oppositional Defiant Disorder

April 20th, 2007
Categories: ODD

oppositionalI have a daughter (15 years old today) who is somewhat new to our family. She does not have a diagnosis of oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), but often is highly oppositional to prove a point, either to us parents or to herself. This morning she exemplified another effort to "show me" that she is in charge and we (parents) are not. This morning, hubby said happy birthday to B. and reminded her that, on birthdays, you get a day off from any chores. Do you suppose she is not doing any chores, then? No, instead, she's cleaning the whole house. When I got up, I also said happy birthday and reminded her of the same "birthday benefit". She said "I know." and… [more]

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

April 20th, 2007
Categories: ODD

ticked off girlJohn was 6 years old and already diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). One morning, he was sitting on the floor, refusing to get dressed for school. As many times as I might ask him, or in as many ways, he wasn’t going to move. In fact, the more he thought I wanted him to get ready for school, the less likely he was going to do that. So, I told him I wanted him to sit down. Of course, he stood right up. He still didn’t get ready for school, yet the degree of his opposition was becoming more evident. I told him to stand up; he sat down. I told him to… [more]