Oppositional Defiant Disorder

My Son Was Diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder…

In Parenting by Interconnected Lives

#6: The Reinforcement of Positive Attitude

This is probably the most significant point when it comes to healing a child with Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

If your kids follow all the instructions precisely, then it is advisable to provide them with positive consequences. According to experts, attention and praise are the most effective and biggest reinforcing stimulus and this is what I tested with my kid.Oppositional Defiant Disorder  5 oppositional defiant disorder My Son Was Diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder... Oppositional Defiant Disorder 5

Whenever he completed his homework or cleaned his room, I encouraged him by thanking him and showing my appreciation.

This tactic worked as an exceptional motivator and in a matter of several days, I wonderfully started to witness notable positive changes in the overall behavior of my son.

Just like other kids, children suffering from oppositional defiant disorder also love to receive rewards. As mentioned earlier, my son was a big fan of skateboarding.

I used his passion and love for this sport to patch up his attitude. For instance, I told him that I’d buy him his favorite skateboard if he wasn’t in trouble at school.

During the first month of this challenge, he did not succeed as I received a complaint from his school in the second week; however, I was quite glad to see that he was actually trying to suppress his bad behavior.

Finally, in his second attempt, he managed to elude any disruption at school and he had his most coveted skateboard.

Another positive consequence that a person could adopt is the creation of a reward system. It is known as an excellent strategy to modify the behavior of kids with oppositional defiant disorder.

These rewards basically push them to take the responsibility of conducting their own attitude and behavior. Depending upon the age group of a kid as well as his/her interests, these rewards could vary.