Even though people with ODD have common needs and experience common difficulties, it is important to note that all individuals are different with their own individual interests, likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses.

An increasing amount of children has been diagnosed with ODD over the last few years.

Children with ODD regularly display a range of the following behaviours:

Losing temper

Arguing with adults

Actively defying or refusing to comply with adults’ rules and requests

Deliberately annoying people

Blaming others for his or her mistakes or misbehaviour

Touchy or easily annoyed by others

Angry and resentful

Spiteful or vindictive

These behaviours occur more frequently than is typically observed in individuals of comparable age and developmental level.

This disorder causes difficulties in the areas of:


Social interaction

Dealing with authority

ODD describes a range of behavioural attributes. Gold Coast Behaviour Support Services looks at the cause of the behaviours, which can vary in people with ODD. Possible causes are:

Insufficient use of positive parenting strategies



Marital conflict

Difficulties with cognitive functions such as regulation and organisation

Treatment will depend on the cause but is likely to include family therapy focused on insight and understanding of behaviour, positive parenting strategies and overall consistency.

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