The ADHD-ODD Connection: Similarities, Distinctions, Stigma, and Proven Treatment Strategies

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
1:00 PM

The ADHD-ODD Connection: Similarities, Distinctions, Stigma, and Proven Treatment Strategies

Research shows that a significant percentage of children with ADHD meet the criteria for a diagnosis of oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), a closely related mental health disorder characterized by a well-established pattern of behavior problems that is often diagnosed in early childhood. ADHD and ODD are associated with stigma and public misconception, leaving many parents wondering how to be sure about their child’s diagnosis; how to find effective, research-based interventions; and how to best support their child at home or at school.


The first step for any parent is to understand how clinicians make diagnostic distinctions between ADHD and ODD — and how to partner with a provider on an appropriately targeted intervention. Non-medication interventions for ADHD and ODD often require effort and time from already-busy parents and teachers. It’s important for parents to be well-informed about treatments that work and how best to advocate for their child.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • The differences between ADHD and ODD, and how they may affect your child’s developmental trajectory
  • The genetic and environmental links to ADHD and ODD, and how these can affect treatment approaches
  • How parents, educators, and providers can establish a framework for support of a child with ODD
  • Immediate, practical strategies that can be implemented by parents and educators to improve a child’s behavior
  • Evidence-based resources that parents and educators can use for diagnosing and treating ADHD and ODD
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Last Updated: 01/07/19