Oppositional Defiance and Behavior Impulse

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While at times this diagnosis and phrase can be thrown around for children, often who are also struggling with anxiety or social skill issues, defiance is a struggle most parents face, and are often left saying “nothing works.”

With a combination of direct behavioral tools, such as data tracking, pattern observation and point systems/reinforcments plans specific to your child and what is working defiance can be decreased. It often takes looking at both the behaviors, as well as the emotions driven by the behaviors to create a calmer child.

Children often act out for control when they feel out of control, or in a cry to feel validated, we assist and work closely with parents to navigate this balance, and support children in learning more appropriate tools for effective communication.