Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a disorder that is characterized by two different sets of problems; aggressiveness and a tendency to purposefully bother and irritate others. It is common to see a diagnosis of ADHD present with a diagnosis of ODD. There are more than 3 million cases per year diagnosed in the US. The presenting issues for children with ODD are characterized by a pattern of negativistic, hostile, and defiant behavior lasting at least six months. Symptoms associated with a diagnosis of ODD can include: often loses temper, often argues with adults, often actively defies or refuses to comply with adults’ requests or rules, often deliberately annoys people, often blames others for his or her mistakes or misbehavior, is often touchy or easily annoyed by others, is often angry and resentful, is often spiteful and vindictive.
After receiving an ODD diagnosis, the next step is finding a way to improve your and your child’s quality of life. We understand that every child with an ODD diagnosis should be treated uniquely. Our ODD treatment services in Miami, FL, offer specialized solutions to help you or a loved one improve their quality of life.
At A1A Behavioral Health we provide top-quality, individualized treatment plans to address the challenges associated with ODD and other related disorders. The treatment approach utilized is known as ABA (applied behavior analysis) therapy. Applied behavior analysis applies the principles of learning theory in a systematic approach to modifying behaviors. The overall goal of ABA therapy is to increase adaptive skills and replacement behaviors while focusing on interventions to diminish maladaptive behaviors. The systematic approach to treatment planning includes identifying how behavior works, how behavior is affected by the environment and how learning takes place. Considering these elements is crucial to developing a treatment plan aimed at modifying behavior. Treatment focuses on increasing language abilities, developing communication skills, improving attention, fostering social skills and decreasing problem behaviors.