ADHD and ODD diagnosis

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Registered: 01-31-2011
ADHD and ODD diagnosis
Mon, 01-31-2011 - 10:50am

My 7 year old son was diagnosed with adhd and odd.

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Wed, 02-02-2011 - 3:23pm

Welcome to the board!

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Wed, 02-02-2011 - 10:50pm

My dd is ADD/ODD.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 02-03-2011 - 6:55pm
My 9 year old DS has ADHD and ODD. What worked best for us was medication (focalin) combined with Occupational Therapy, regular therapy, social skills at school. Last year he was doing terrible, and a year later, he is doing amazing. Seriously not the same kid he was just a year ago. He had an off day a few months back, and his current teacher talked to last years teacher who said it was nothing compared to last year, and it was true. Here it seemed that once we got the ADHD in check - to a point where it was manageable, it was so much easier dealing with the ODD.

Plus I know so much more about my son these days. I know that my son needs routine and structure. I know that his outbursts today are a result of something... I may not see what that something is right away, and I may need to talk to his teacher to find out what (possibly random thing at school) might have thrown him off. I know that change and anxiety is what causes most of his outbursts, and that talking, talking, talking helps him most of all.

I was told, and have found that positive reinforcement works best for discipline. We had to get a behavior plan in place at school, and get his teacher in line, but it was the positive (and fairly immediate) reinforcement that helped best. We use time outs, but more to calm him down. Right now he gets sent to his room until he calms down. If he comes down before he's calm, then he goes back up until I say so. At first he was sent back so many times, today he has a pretty good handle on when he's calmed down. Plus I find, he'll go upstairs and read, or whatever to calm himself down, or to give himself space if he needs it. Amazing.