Childhood defiance that impacts on everyday life such as refusal to get dressed, go to bed, relinquish toys or electronic items can have a significant impact on the day to day functioning of a family.
If your child displays defiance or has a condition such as oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) techniques to help manage challenging behaviours that are tailored to your child can help.
With treatment, children and adolescents can overcome the behavioral defiance. They can learn techniques to manage their anger and develop new ways of coping with stressful situations. Treatment also can help parents learn better ways to discipline and techniques to reward good behaviour.
Therapy options depend on the age of your child and the level of defiance they are displaying. Guidance and techniques could be provided during a consultation for low level defiance but for children with ODD a more comprehensive package of parental support and therapy for the child will likely e needed. Contact us for a discussion or initial consultation to discuss options
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What Is Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
ODD as a pattern of disobedient, hostile, and defiant behaviour directed toward authority figures. Children and adolescents with ODD often rebel, are stubborn, argue with adults, and refuse to obey. They have angry outbursts and have a hard time controlling their temper. Even the best-behaved children can be uncooperative and hostile at times, particularly adolescents, but those with ODD show a constant pattern of angry and verbally aggressive behaviours, usually aimed at parents and other authority figures.