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Working with Students With Oppositional Defiant Disorder - Controlling Our Own Behavior


Create win-win situations.

One of the characteristics of students with ODD is that they can elicit anger on the part of adults.  When we have difficulty with students we need to first look at our own behavior to determine whether we are engaging in behaviors that result in the student becoming more defiant.  This white paper provides behavior management principles and how to avoid power struggles.



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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