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School Psych Corner: What is Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

[Source:  The Child Mind Institute]

When parents start googling behavior issues, one phrase tends to jump out: oppositional defiant disorder. It’s easy to see why. “The words ‘oppositional’ and ‘defiant’ show up in parents’ vocabulary fairly frequently,” says Dr. David Anderson, director of the ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute. “It’s one of the more aptly named diagnoses that exists.”

Whether your child has oppositional defiant disorder (or ODD) or not, learning about the disorder can be helpful. That’s because the behavior management strategies used in treatment are evidence-based techniques that all parents will benefit from knowing.

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