Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Also known as ODD, oppositional defiant disorder is a pattern of disobedient, hostile, or disrespectful behavior towards parents and other adults. Children with ODD usually show signs by age 8 of irritability, angry outbursts, and problem behavior at home and in school. Often, children with ODD avoid taking blame for things they’ve done.

Behaviors are not so severe as to cause serious danger to others, but still lead to significant family, social, and school disruption. Sankofa staff work with parents to help develop consistent routines and natural consequences tailored to each child’s level of impulse control and capitalize on existing strengths.