Oppositional Defiant Disorder


A diagnosis commonly being given to an unruly child is that of Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Some people feel that this diagnosis is nothing more than a classification given to a child to allow parents to medicate a child that simply refuses to comply with what they are asked to do. We do not have medical data or expertise to back any such claims, but if a child acted out 20 years ago a psychologist was not called in to evaluate the student, the parent was able to reprimand the child. A child who said "I refuse to do that" to a school teacher or a principal was expelled from school and usually suffered consequences when they were sent home. Today with people watching ever vigilant to see that children are not being abused it is impossible to correct a child without being charged with abuse. This is not to say that we believe in child abuse in any shape or form. But it does seem strange that ODD has become prevalent since corporal punishment has virtually been done away with and children can call CPS when they feel their parents are abusing them. CPS or Child Protective Service is beneficial and it is wonderful to have an organization that assures that an adolescent is not abused but it is sad when the child abuses the system to facilitate their defiant, out of control behavior. There have been parents incarcerated from false reports of child abuse and the child ultimately given a trump card to run the house with the parents living in fear of CPS.

At Risk Teen


How do I know if my child falls into th eat risk teen category? There are many sites with evaluations to help you determine if your child is at risk. Here are two links to assist you in ascertaining where your child's behavior ranks:
http://www.teen-success.org/calculator.php
http://www.teenoptions.com/teen_evaluation.php
These are not intended to replace any type of medical evaluation but are simply things to look for when you are trying to determine the risk factors associated with your child's present situation. The term at risk teen can encompass anything from a child who is skipping school to one who is using dangerous drugs or engaging in unprotected sex. Every negative behavior has an associated risk attached to it. At the risk of attempting to point all of the results of negative behavior it will suffice to say that if you feel you have an at risk teen or you have taken a survey on one of the sites above and are certain you have an at risk teen, you are the only one who can do anything about it. Some parents choose to do nothing which is also a choice. Parents who opt to do nothing will usually lose their ability to make decisions for their child. If a child is put into the legal system the parent's choices become limited at best.

Schools for Troubled Teens


Trying to educate a troubled teen can be very challenging especially when they have no desire to be educated. In today's society an education, whether academic or vocational is paramount to the success of every child. Parents feel the stress of trying to help their willful and defiant youth. Many school districts hold the parents accountable to see that their child arrives at school and completes assignments. Many parents are turning to the private section to find helpful schools for troubled teens. The private school for a troubled teen is different from a public school and most have fairly good success in helping families learn to adapt and work throught the defiant issues that are causing their child to misbehave. The privat schools for troubled teens range in price from around $2,100 per month and can climb to $8,000 a month depending on what they offer. Some of the private schools for troubled teens combine a therapeutic approach along with the academic curriculum. Others are strictly obedience oriented. The students who fail to comply are given extra chores, calisthenics, or lose privileges. Each school has a different twist on what they actually have to offer and a different approach to how they achieve it.