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What Is Oppositional Defiant Behavior?


What Type of Assessment is Needed?

Symptoms of ODD may include being argumentative, overall irritable with a negative attitude, being uncooperative on purpose, and having major issues with rules and authority figures. A comprehensive evaluation is critical because there may be other disorders present such as ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Mood disorders, anxiety disorders. Some children may later develop conduct disorders. This white paper reviews the need for a comprehensive evaluation, provides key points for school personnel, and the role of the functional assessment.



Beverley Holden Johns

Beverley Holden Johns

Learning and Behavioral Consultant

  • More than 40 years of experience in working with students with the most significant behavior problems
  • Was the founder and administrator of an alternative school program for children with the most significant behavior problems
  • Professional Fellow at MacMurray College in Jacksonville where she teaches classes on working with students with behavior challenges, adaptations, and special education law and the IEP process
  • Wrote more than 20 books, many of which are on the topic of working with students with challenging behaviors
  • Co-wrote the seminal textbook on learning disabilities, Learning Disabilities and Related Disabilities: Strategies for Success
  • Frequent speaker across the country on topics such as behavioral interventions, alternatives to suspension, adaptations, special education law, and more
  • Recipient of the 2000 Outstanding Leadership Award of the Council for Exceptional Children
  • Has been active in a number of professional organizations and served as president of the Council for Children with Behavior Disorders
  • Chairs the Illinois Special Education Coalition and is president-elect of the Learning Disabilities Association of Illinois

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