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Oppositional Defiant Disorder


Children or adolescents with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) struggle to develop and maintain successful relationships within the family structure, as well as at school, at work, or with peers. They often do things purposely to annoy others, blame others for their own mistakes, and are easily disturbed by others. They exhibit frequent temper tantrums and angry outbursts and have a disregard for authority.

Without successful intervention, the cycle of behavior tends to magnify - one relationship crisis after another.

Jacob's Ladder serves many students who initially come to us with this label, with a long history of troubling behavior. As in all other students that we serve, we know that with a comprehensive neurodevelopmental plan - with a heavy emphasis on a behavior management plan - we will see success. It is imperative that the family be an active and committed partner in the plan, and Jacob's Ladder provides that training and support.

Students with Oppositional Defiance Disorder would be an ideal candidate for our HOPE School program which offers a unique educational model intended to serve students who have a complex set of social-emotional, neuro-biological, behavioral and academic challenges.