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Do People With Asperger’s/NLD Really Have ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder)?


Children with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) and Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD) are often labeled “ODD,” Oppositional Defiant Disorder. There’s a reasonable question in my mind as to whether there is a difference between AS/NLD children whose behavior is misunderstood and ODD. I find that ODD is sometimes simply a description of behavior without a cause.

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Do People With Asperger’s/NLD Really Have ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder)?

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  1. Couldn’t agree more. As a therapeutic counsellor met this again and again. Like the boy always in trouble for putting his pencil case away but leaving his pens, pencil cases etc scattered across his desk or the girl constantly in trouble because of her constantly goading the teacher by physically pulling her socks up! Both were simply following the teachers’ orders! But no one was looking from their frame of reference!

  2. I would need to consider the age of the child. One who is younger than 7 or 8, when abstract abilities haven’t formed, would need simple, & more directive approaches to rules, directions, with avoidance of “explanations” and choices. It is a childs “job” to test limits, in order to learn. If limits are not clear, and consistent when a child is “pre-abstract”, then more constant questioning of “authority” makes sense, given the lack of ‘faith’ in the messages that they are getting.

  3. May be discussion of children only, but my husband of 8 yrs ‘ behavior/actions /symptom So extreme I began searching. For explanations to help me understand why I couldn’t ‘t communicate
    Nor successfully engage in conversation that didn’t escalate into him losing control. Left undiagnosed into adulthood ,as in my husb situation, manypersonalitydisorders can accompany AS. HIGH :-fun tioning male 53, work history: construction field hand (foreman) advanced into office estimator/project manager in downtown houston,tx. The more activity surrounding him, more be tunes out, will. :-*ngle mindedness, he has no children,thought maybe normal. Sorry if wasted anyone’s time

 

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