The Explosive Child by Ross W. Greene
A groundbreaking approach to understanding and parenting children who frequently exhibit severe fits of temper and other intractable behaviours, from a distinguished clinician and pioneer in this field, now updated to include the most recent research.
Almost everyone knows an explosive child, one whose frequent, severe fits of temper leave his or her parents standing helpless in their fear, frustration, and guilt. Most of these parents have tried everythingâ€”reasoning, behaviour modification, therapy, medicationâ€”but to no avail. They wonder if their child is deviant or just plain bad.
Dr. Ross Greene has worked with thousands of explosive children, and he has good news: these kids arent bad, and neither are their parents. Rather, explosive children suffer from a physiological deficiency in frustration tolerance and flexibility. Throughout this compassionate book, Dr. Greene demonstrates why traditional treatments dont work for these kids and offers a new conceptual framework for understanding their behaviour, along with new language to describe it. He explains the latest neuroscience findings about the importance of flexibility, and, most important, he shows parents specific, practical ways they can recognize the signs of an impending explosion, defuse tension, and reduce frustration levels for the entire family.
For parents, psychologists, educators and ADHD groups.
In addition to the scientific foundation of the book, Greene addresses parents in practical ways that will help show results in difficult children and their effect on families.
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When parents start googling behavior issues, one phrase tends to jump out: oppositional defiant disorder. Whether your child has oppositional defiant disorder or ODD or not, learning about the disorder can be helpful. It is normal for children to be oppositional and defiant at least some of the time. So when does a child have oppositional defiant disorder? ODD is typically diagnosed around early elementary school ages and stops being diagnosed around adolescence.
Few people are more qualified than Greene to draw that conclusion. Greene harbors no illusions about children with ODD. He characterizes them as irritable, inflexible and explosive, yet, he maintains, they do not choose to be that way. Once parents recognize that their oppositional child is not behaving in a purposeful, manipulative way, it allows them to change the way they deal with the behavior. It frees them to figure out what skills their child lacks to respond appropriately, and to provide them with those tools. Alternatively, he suggests, a child may be developmentally delayed with regard to flexibility, adaptability and frustration tolerance or lack crucial cognitive and emotional skills.
If your child has been diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder ODD you may be at a loss as to where to begin. It can be daunting to wade through information to find what is worth reading and what is a waste of your time. Let's begin with some basic information along with resources for learning more, addressing specific behaviors, and getting support so you can best help your child with ODD. Thought to affect roughly 10 to 20 percent of school-age children, this behavior disorder is more common in boys than in girls. When thinking about these behaviors, it's important to realize that many children without ODD exhibit some of these behaviors from time to time.
Children and adolescents with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) will suffer huge negative The Explosive Child by Ross W. Greene Ph.D.
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Interview with Dr. Ross Greene - Author of The Explosive Child
William Dodson recommends a three-pronged approach. Children and adolescents with oppositional defiant disorder ODD will suffer huge negative consequences rather than comply with the demands of authority figures, including their parents. Parents of these defiant kids end up feeling powerless and frustrated after years of failed attempts at implementing rewards and consequences. None of the traditional, logical parenting models seem to work, and that feels maddening. This makes the symptoms of ODD, including oppositional behavior , much more manageable. Atypical neuroleptics are primarily used to address mood disorders. However, some studies have found success treating ODD with:.
In this section, Dr. The content changes from time to time, so you'll want to check back regularly. If you'd like to submit a question, just click here. Parent: I'm trying desperately to implement Dr. Greene's model in my home after years of trying to impose my will. As you might expect, it is not going smoothly.
Greene, S. This book by Ross Greene and his colleague, Stuart Ablon, is an excellent manual for clinicians dealing with a very common problem in child psychiatry; namely, children with significant oppositional defiant behaviour and explosive outbursts of temper and rage. However, as the authors note these children at different times have been called defiant, aggressive, angry, raging, intransigent, resistant, willful, non-compliant, challenging, stubborn and so on. It is the premise of his book that explosive kids have lagging skills in the global domains of flexibility or adaptability, frustration tolerance and problem solving. He presents a deficit model for understanding and dealing with these challenging children. He sees these children as having deficits in a variety of skills, including executive skills, language processing skills, emotional regulation, cognitive flexibility, social skills and recommends a skills teaching intervention for these children and their families. Ross Greene summarizes his initial advice to parents and caregivers dealing with explosive children as follows:.