IEP & Section 504 Plans

If your child has been diagnosed with a mental health disorder or any condition that impacts his/her school performance, it is very important to know what your options & rights are with regard to special education.  There are 14 different categories of disability under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act).  Most mental health related disorders […]

Is ODD Preventable?

There is absolutely no evidence that ODD (oppositional defiant disorder) is preventable.  If you ask me, I don’t think it is.  But I truly believe that the severity and duration of the symptoms or behaviors can be minimized.  As I’ve noted in the post Lessons Learned from ADHD & ODD, there seems to be a […]

Why I Chose No Medication for My Son’s ODD

I never really seriously considered medication for my son.  He was diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) when he was 5 years old.  At the same time, the doctor observed defiant behaviors but did not diagnose ODD (oppositional defiant disorder).  That early on and throughout the following years, many doctors recommended medication but I […]