Positive Behaviour Support Strategies for Children and Adolescents with Oppositional and Defiant Behaviours

Practical strategies to help your child with oppositional and defiant behaviours achieve better communication, social, emotional, behavioural and learning outcomes.

Behaviour Help is a registered NDIS provider.

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5 hours of professional development


Oppositional & Defiant course book and Behaviour Help App

Price: $165

Register on Teachable via credit card or email Dolly for invoice

It is common for children, adolescents and young adults to occassionally argue with authority figures, aggravate others, blame others for their own actions, refuse to comply with a request or abide by rules. However, these behaviours are often the result of situational factors or a developmental phase and are short-lived in nature. When these types of behaviours persist, this may lead to a diagnosis of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD).

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th edition (DSM-V) (APA, 2013) as a pattern of angry/irritable mood, argumentative/defiant behaviours or vindictiveness towards authority figures. According to the DSM-V, the first symptoms of ODD appear in early childhood, on rare occasions these emerge after early adolescence. 


Causes of Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Research has not yet determined the cause of ODD, however, several risk factors are known to contribute towards the development of ODD, including:

  1. Genetic factors – ODD can be inherited in families who have a history of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), substance use disorders or mood disorders,
  2. Physiological factors – abnormal brain chemical activity or neurotransmitter functioning,
  3. Temperamental factors – the individual may have a historically difficult temperament,
  4. Environmental factors – the environment in which the individual resides can be a risk factor in itself, specifically:
    • Lack of adequate supervision
    • Caregiver rejection and neglect
    • Caregiver discipline is too harsh, relaxed or inconsistent
    • Caregiver criminality
    • Disharmony in the home
    • Lack of adequate monitoring
    • Caregiver mental health difficulties
    • Caregiver substance abuse
    • Caregiver criminality
    • Physical or sexual abuse
    • Institutionalisation
    • Frequent change in caregiver
    • Being part of a large family 


Associated Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

Those with ODD may present with a number of emotional and behavioural difficulties as described in the DSM-V (APA, 2013):

  • Short temper
  • Easily annoyed
  • Angry and resentful
  • Frequently argues with others, including adults
  • Refuses to comply with rules or requests from others, including adults
  • Deliberately annoys others
  • Blames others for their own actions
  • Spiteful and vindictive 

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) strategies for Children and Adolescents with Oppositional and Defiant Behaviours is a comprehensive online course which will provide you with a toolkit of practical, evidence-based strategies to reduce aggressive behaviour in your child, whether or not they have a diagnosis of ODD.

You will be taught a range of behaviour management strategies to respond effectively to challenging behaviour and also to develop a behaviour support plan to put in place preventative measures with the Behaviour Help app. 


Course Outcomes

Following completion of this course, you will be equipped with:

  • A toolkit of practical strategies to assess, manage and prevent aggressive behaviour
  • Guidance to develop a behaviour support plan
  • Lifetime access to the Behaviour Help app to create individualised behaviour support plans
  • Free copy of ebook ‘Positive Behaviour Support for Students with Aggressive Behaviours’
  • A certificate of participation of 5 hours CPD
  • Completion of an accredited Teacher Quality Institute of ACT.


Learning outcomes

This online, self-paced course is divided into three modules.

Module 1 - Introduction to Oppositional and Defiant Behaviours

  • Defining Oppositional and Defiant Behaviours
  • Recognising Oppositional and Defiant Behaviours
  • Causes of Oppositional and Defiant Behaviours
  • Prevalence of Oppositional and Defiant Behaviours

Module 2 – Positive Behaviour Support

  • Learn about data collection (frequency, duration and intensity)
  • Complete a functional behaviour assessment
  • Identify triggers and functions of challenging behaviours
  • Learn and identify appropriate behaviour management strategies
  • Learn and identify safe and appropriate de-escalation strategies
  • Develop a customised behaviour support plan
  • Learn and identify appropriate minimisation and prevention strategies
  • Learn and identify appropriate strategies and tools for helping a student develop cognitive, communication, behavioural and social skills

Module 3 – Positive Behaviour Support and Oppositional and Defiant Behaviours

  • Help students who blame others all the time
  • Help students who compulsively lie
  • Help students who continually argue with adults
  • Help students who easily and frequently losing their temper
  • Help students who refuse to comply with requests
  • Help students who are frequently angry, resentful, spiteful and vindictive


How to enrol and receive your resources

Teachable – Click on START THIS COURSE to begin the course through Teachable, where you’ll be required to pay the course fee of $165 via credit card.

If you would prefer an invoice or have multiple participants please email dolly@behaviourhelp.com

Once enrolled, you will receive a Welcome email with login details for the Behaviour Help App.

Confirm the email address you would like the Amazon voucher to be sent to so you can download a free copy of the coursebook Positive Behaviour Support Strategies for Students with Oppositional Defiant Behaviors: A step by step guide to assessing, preventing and managing emotional and behavioural difficulties on Amazon Kindle.

Course tasks to complete and send via email to dolly@behaviourhelp.com

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