Question by  impulse (35)

How do you deal with oppositional defiant behavior in a child?


Answer by  Lingirl (26)

First of all, patience is a must in dealing with any child, but even more so when working with a child with ODD. Make sure to take care of yourself, so that you can maintain your patience. Be sure to maintain consistent rules and consequences when the rules are broken.


Answer by  Sarah92 (10)

From about age 2 time-out can be effective. Explain why they are going to time-out, then make them stay for 1 minute per year of age (eg: 3 mins for a 3 year old)


Answer by  lynn (821)

The best you can but dont let the child know that their behavior is causing you stress they will just do it more. try ignoring if noone can get hurt.


Answer by  cb31 (226)

The most effective way to deal with a child suffering from Oppositional Defiant Disorder is by setting clear boundaries. There should be specific rewards and punishments for behaviors. Additionally, this should be accompanied by therapy.

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