Raising Deaf Kids logo
Raising Deaf Kids: a world of information about children with hearing loss

Search RaisingDeafKids.org


How You Can Help Your Child

Get help for your child as soon as possible! Your child's behavior will improve, making everyone's life easier. Your child will also be less likely to get worse if you get help now.

The main way of treating ODD is through therapy. If you think your child has ODD, write some notes about his behavior. Then take him to a psychologist or psychiatrist who knows about both ODD and deafness, and bring your notes with you. Try to find a therapist who communicates in a way that your child can understand. If your child uses sign language, look for someone who knows sign language well.

The therapist will probably want to have some sessions alone with your child, and some sessions with everyone in the family. In the sessions with the whole family, the therapist will help you plan ways to deal with your child's behavior. Many therapists will help you to develop a behavior plan, to teach your child new behaviors and change those old habits. It can take many sessions until you see improvements in your child's behavior. It is very important for you to stay calm, and be consistent. If your behavior plan says that your son cannot watch any more television that day, you must follow through as planned. This will help him learn what to expect from you and others. If your son has a tantrum, stay calm and remember your plan.

The most important things you can do to stop this problem are:

  • Be sure that your communication is clear and as deep as can be. Many children develop ODD behaviors out of frustration and the lack of communication.
  • Try to find other deaf children and adults for your child to meet. They can help cut down on the ODD-related problems by acting as role models.
  • Find ways to help your child become successful at something, anything. Praise for good behavior, fewer tantrums and better self-control is the most helpful thing you can do to help your child with ODD.

Children with ODD do not usually take medicine to help, unless they also have other problems that need medicine, like ADHD.

Learn more about ODD

  • Read about ODD on AHealthyMe.com.
  • Read other parents' thoughts about their children's ODD on the conduct disorders forums.

About Us I Site Map I Search I Feedback I Privacy


National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
© 2001-2004, Deafness and Family Communication Center or its affiliates