Understanding Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a childhood behavioural problem characterised by constant disobedience and hostility. ODD is one of a group of behavioural disorders known collectively as disruptive behaviour disorders which include conduct disorder (CD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). 

  • Around one in 10 children under the age of 12 years are thought to have ODD, with boys outnumbering girls by two to one. 
  • ODD behaviours usually surface when the child is at primary school, but the disorder can be found in children as young as three years of age. 
  • Early intervention and treatment is important, since children with untreated ODD may continue to demonstrate difficult or anti-social behaviours into their adult years. 
  • easily angered, annoyed or irritated 
  • frequent temper tantrums 
  • argue frequently with adults, particularly the most familiar adults in their lives such as parent 
  • refuse to obey rules 
  • appear to deliberately try to annoy or aggravate others 
  • low self-esteem 
  • low frustration threshold 
  • blame others for any accidents or bad behaviour

Facts about Oppositional Defiant Disorder

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Allied Health therapies

CPL's Allied Health team can support children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder to communicate in a way that is right for them, as well as helping to understand behavioural issues that may impact you or your family.

Early Intervention Therapy

Oppositional Defiant Disorder is generally diagnosed in children. Our early intervention services can help support you and your family learn how to best support your child to improve long-term outcomes.


The NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach supports children aged 0-6 years who have a developmental delay or disability and their families/carers. CPL's Support Coordinators can help you to navigate your first NDIS plan.

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Sometimes it helps to have an extra set of hands at home. CPL can support your needs, from getting ready for school, university or work, right through to mealtime assistance and medication.