Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) was not something I was familiar with when I started my teaching career 13 years ago. But through the years, I’ve had multiple students with challenging behaviors (autism, ODD, OCD, ADHD, etc.) and I had to quickly figure out strategies to help support them in the classroom. I am in no way an expert in meeting the needs of children with challenging behaviors, these are simply suggestions I’ve found to be helpful.
First and foremost, ODD is a mental health disorder and we need to adjust our instruction and/or discipline to meet the needs of that child, as we would for a child with a learning disability, visual impairment, hearing impairment, etc. What we need to keep in mind is that traditional discipline doesn’t typically work for kids with ODD because they enjoy upsetting people around them or like the power struggle. Here are some suggestions on how to support students with ODD, autism, or other challenging behaviors:
Students with ODD can be very challenging, remember you are human and may need a moment to calm down, and that is okay! Reach out to coworkers for support, we’re all in this together.
- Marcie Dodd
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