Coping techniques to use for oppositional defiant disorder include setting limits, enlisting the help of other adults in the child's life and creating a routine, according to Mayo Clinic. Other strategies include modeling behavior, setting the child up for success and praising positive behavior. It's important to practice these techniques consistently to achieve results.
Getting teachers, coaches and both parents to practice consistent and appropriate discipline, limits and routines can provide the stability a child with oppositional defiant disorder requires, Mayo Clinic explains. Refusing to participate in power struggles with the child by picking battles helps to curb problem behavior as well.
Routine is essential for a child with oppositional defiant disorder, Mayo Clinic states. Enlisting the child's help in developing the schedule may help. Schedule time to spend one-on-one with the child each week.
Give the child responsibility by starting with easy tasks to achieve to build on success, Mayo Clinic advises. Parents can help by giving simple, clear instructions. Over time, parents can build on the success by giving the child more challenging tasks.
Once parents implement these strategies, the oppositional defiant child's behavior often worsens temporarily. Caregivers should stick with the strategies to overcome this initial hurdle, advises Mayo Clinic.