ODD is different to PDA, however we feel that some students where PDA has been suggested may in fact be presenting as ODD.
PDA is an under researched and complex area, and we do not feel that our setting is the best environment for the majority of these cases, but we will always assess on a case by case basis. Many children with PDA would find the setting too small as they want a larger social group.
ODD is often accompanied by anger issues and our setting is happy to deal with these as long as there is not a history of directing physical aggression at adults or peers. Students who are violent can't be catered for unfortunately, as many of our students have been victims of aggression and need to be kept safe.
Some children presenting with ODD will 'push away' via their language, refuse to comply, sleep when they should be working etc. These children will not thrive in a more structured 'PRU - style' environment and sadly many of them have been placed in such places in the past to their detriment. They often have low self esteem and an over-active response to being asked to comply.
Such students often like and thrive in our environment as they have much more say in their day, learn to build a better emotional understanding and vocabulary and respond well to a logical solution-based therapy programme and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
SOURCES OF HELP
These services are not associated with us. We are not responsible for the quality of service they provide, we are recommending them based on the positive experiences of some young people known to us. By inclusion in this list nor are we suggesting that we are in any way affiliated with these servcies.
ANXIETY UK - Support, online counselling, magazine, advice
Text line: 07537416905
Info line: 03444775774
A magazine packed full of useful articles around not just ASD, but the mental health aspects associated with it - fascinating reading and lots of signalling to specialist support.
Website provides support for young people, professionals and parents. Young people who feel they are having a mental health crisis can get instant emergency support by texting YM to 85258
OCD UK - advice, online counselling, support and magazine. Dedicated youth services.
PAPYRUS - suicide prevention young people's hotline 0800 068 41 41
An eating disorder support service - smaller than some of the bigger associations, but specifically aimed at young people.