Oppositional Defiant Disorder Activities: 100 Exercises Parents and Kids Can Do Together to Improve Behavior, Build Self-Esteem, and Foster Connection (Paperback)
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Inspire calm and cooperation with engaging ODD activities for kids ages 6 to 12
Raising children with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) takes consistent practice and an extra dose of patience. Find the guidance you need with this supportive parenting book, written especially for parents of children with ODD. Inside, you’ll find 100 activities designed to help kids reach their full potential as they learn to connect with people in positive ways.
- Understand ODD—Gain greater insight into oppositional defiant disorder and the emotional, social, and academic effects it can have on your child.
- Reinforce essential skills—Kids will learn how to regulate their emotions with activities that help them identify their feelings, practice self-control, build self-esteem, and more.
- Jump right in—Straightforward instructions, simple materials, and advice for maximizing each exercise make it easy for you and your child to get started right away.
Break through challenging ODD behavior and reclaim your relationship with your child.
About the Author
LAURA MCLAUGHLIN, LPC, RPT, is a registered play therapist and licensed professional counselor. She’s also the founder of HeadFirst Counseling, a private practice therapy group that specializes in treating ADHD, oppositional and defiant disorders, emotional dysregulation, sensory sensitivities, trauma, and autism-spectrum disorders. Prior to going into private practice, Laura worked for several nonprofit agencies including the Family Place and Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center as well the Child Mind Institute. To learn more, visit headfirstdallas.com.
“Laura McLaughlin has created a workbook that includes both parent education regarding defiance and oppositional responses in children, and a range of fun and innovative parent-child activities. She has used her years of experience in working with kids who struggle with compliance and challenging behaviors to draw from an eclectic therapeutic background spanning cognitive, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and attachment theory. This workbook is an excellent resource for parents who want to understand their challenging child better, to rework the parent-child relationship, and to build skills for both kids and parents to understand and regulate emotions, communicate effectively, and bond at a deeper level.” —Jennifer Morrison, Ph.D.; owner of Kids BRAIN, LLC
“This workbook provides approachable activities that help meet the needs of a child with ODD. These activities foster the parent-child connection, promote calm within the home, and build a skills foundation that can be transferred easily to daily life. I am confident that these activities will foster hope and peace for the child with ODD, the family, and beyond. Thank you, Laura, for your clinical expertise and guidance on this very important topic, and for doing this very important work!” —Elaine Charles, social emotional school counselor
“Laura has created a helpful and interactive guide to support parents and children as they navigate learning the skills of emotional regulation through fun, hands-on activities. I am grateful to have this wonderful resource to use in my practice and to recommend to clients and friends. Parents will find themselves opening this book repeatedly because it is full of valuable insight and worthwhile activities!” —Jennifer Kennedy, MS, LPC, owner, The Park Counseling