Megan Hauck, occupational therapist with Early Intervention Partners, has completed a course on oppositional, defiant, and disruptive children and adolescents entitled “Non-Medication Approaches to the Most Challenging Behaviors.”
A focus of the training was both identifying challenging behavioral episodes, including oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), and improving intervention and interview skills with children. A key to identifying proactive and reactive interventions is finding triggers and exploring what is motivating to the child, both intrinsically and extrinsically.
Hauck’s biggest takeaway from the training was the renewed importance of looking at the whole child before making assumptions or a diagnosis. Exploring the possibility of a proactive plan can be helpful in avoiding a defiant behavior before it occurs.