ODD Definition 

“​Even the best-behaved children can be difficult and challenging at times. But if your child or teen has a frequent and persistent pattern of anger, irritability, arguing, defiance or vindictiveness toward you and other authority figures, he or she may have oppositional defiant disorder (ODD).”


This definition is taken from the mayoclinic website. The wording, much like the majority of resources I have found so far, is parent focused as opposed to educator focused.

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5 thoughts on “ODD Definition ”

    1. I’ve worked with quite a few children who have exhibited signs/behaviours associated with ODD, but I haven’t worked with a child yet who had any official designation. Many times, in my experience, children I’ve worked with who exhibit opposition and defiance are called defiant, or behaviours are explained or assigned to different reasons. However, a lot of the strategies involved with ODD can be transferred over to students with ADHD, Anger Management Concerns, and your general classroom as well.

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  1. Thank you for sharing! I feel like ODD is a topic that few people know about myself included. Is there something that has really stuck with you through this inquiry?

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    1. I agree that few people seem to know about it, I think this has a lot to do with the fact that ODD behaviours are easily explained by other diagnoses. Opposition and defiance are characteristics of children going through a variety of other challenges – divorced parents, death of loved one, ADHD, communicative struggles, and becoming a teenager – therefore, these behaviours are rarely looked at as issues in their own right and can be handled less effectively.

      What stood out to me most was the dichotomy of ideas and lack of ‘technical’ knowledge. Many forums were filled parents, professionals, and para-professionals voicing opinions and concerns based on opposition and defiance but there was little common ground on symptoms, causes, and strategies to help the child. Even to the core of ODD, experts and parents alike didn’t share a clear definition of whether ODD was a disorder, behaviour class, or even completely made up. It was interesting to me that behaviours can be labelled with such strong langauge as ‘disorder’ yet not be completely proven to be a clinically diagnosed disorder around the board.

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