Classroom Interventions for Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Instructor: Elizabeth Hemmons

Beth has taught early childhood education, including students with special needs, for the past 11 years. She has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.

In this lesson, we will discuss some effective strategies and interventions for students who have been diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder. This disorder can be challenging to interact with, especially in an academic setting, but using these interventions can be beneficial for the student as well as the teacher.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

'No!' Michael yells at you from the back of the classroom. You've asked him three times to have a seat, and he stares at you with his angry frown and has now thrown his book across the room. He can see that you are frustrated and getting angry. What do you do now? Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is a psychiatric disorder in which children can show aggression, defiance, and be argumentative. This disorder can continue into adulthood. The characteristics of ODD make social settings, such as school, very difficult for the child. It is challenging for these children to make friends and interact with their peers because they can easily get into arguments, annoy, or blame their friends for mistakes that they have made. It can be difficult to work with these students in the classroom because they can become easily frustrated and angered by the littlest problem.

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