Helping Students with Odd

Collaborative Problem Solving or CPS is a highly effective method used to help kids who are labeled as angry, oppositional or defiant. This type of behavior has now been classified as a real disorder known as ODD.  Teachers often become frustrated trying to deal with endless interruptions from students who exhibit ODD, and will discipline them with detentions, time-outs, suspensions, locked-door seclusion, expulsions, and sometimes restraints. Disciplining a difficult student in this way often only make things worse. The underlying factors contributing to kids with ODD are misunderstood, so kids suffering from this disorder typically go through life untreated and miserable —as well as making everyone else around them miserable too! 

Students that have mental deficiencies such as ODD may be experiencing neurochemical imbalances, negligence or economic disadvantages. “The Explosive Child”, written by Dr. Ross Greene, stresses that parents and teachers alike need to have a measure of patience and flexibility with a child who has ODD. Though these students can be disruptive and confrontational, teachers can use several strategies to identify particular activities that can cause children with ODD to lash out and then help them develop coping skills. Therefore, keeping these students from becoming frustrated when they’re going through some issue seems to significantly contribute to a teacher maintaining more order in their classroom.

Students overall respond positively when teachers clearly dictate their expectations of how they should behave which is especially important for students with ODD.  This could be done by setting just a few goals for the student and moving forward from there by using a progress chart. The ODD student needs to acknowledge rules or guidelines set forth by their teacher and should state them often so that it can make a further impression on their brain. Furthermore, teachers can make their instructions more effective by praising the student for good behavior. On the other hand, if a child demonstrates bad behavior, teachers need to let the student with ODD know that there are consequences for their actions. However, disciplining them should be meaningful and appropriate to the circumstances. Working with students who have Oppositional Defiant Disorder can require extra energy and be exhausting. It can also be enlightening and fulfilling for teachers who take the time to understand their student’s mental condition by establishing clear expectations for their behavior.

Tips for teacher’s to review when dealing with a student with ODD may include:

1. Selecting a few goals for improvement. This often works better than nitpicking over every act of misbehavior insert>

2. State clear, simple rules and expectations instead of vague ones.

3. If there will be any sort of change in my child’s classroom or routine, Notify parents in advance as soon as possible so that they  can work with you to help the student adjust to any changes in your classroom’s routine.

4. Use strengths and talents to help an ODD student experiences of success.

5. Keep the lines of communication open with parents and the school.