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Oppositional Defiant Disorder

All children are oppositional from time to time, particularly when tired, hungry, stressed or upset.  Oppositional behavior is a normal part of development for children and adolescents.  Even the best behaved children can be difficult and challenging at times.

Openly uncooperative and hostile behavior becomes a serious concern, however, when it is so frequent and persistent that it affects the child’s social, family, and/or academic life or when it is much more frequent or intense than in other children of the same age or developmental level.

Children or teens who have a persistent pattern of tantrums, arguing, and angry or disruptive behaviors may meet the diagnostic definition of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD).  Hallmarks of this disorder include frequent arguing with adults, disregard of rules, refusal to comply with adult requests, loss of temper, vindictive or spiteful acts, and displays of excessive anger.  The symptoms are usually seen in multiple settings such as school and home.  The earlier this disorder can be identified and managed, the better the chances are for successful treatment and reversing its effects on the child and family.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder Booklet or Oppositional Defiant Disorder Quick Fact Sheet (for easier printing) – opens in PDF format

Oppositional Defiant Disorder School and Classroom Strategies - opens in PDF format

ODD Home Strategies - opens in PDF format

Electronic templates for these booklets and strategy sheets are available to organizations, schools, and communities  for a nominal fee so they may be adapted to reflect your community’s own local resources.  Use the contact us button at the top of the page for more information or call the Students FIRST Project at 802-488-6706.