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Are you looking for effective strategies for cooperating with your ‘difficult’ students? Are you struggling to find motivational tools for students that appear to be angry, rude, cruel, erratic, or stubborn?

This book is an essential guide for school staff supporting students with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). Written by the author of The Parent’s Guide to Oppositional Defiant Disorder: Your Questions Answered, this book debunks myths about ODD by providing psychiatric context, strength-based approaches and exploring the disorder through a holistic lens.

Supporting teachers in building and maintaining healthy relationships with ODD students, the book equips educators with the skillset to understand their students, identify and avoid common obstacles and prepare their students to thrive in and outside of the classroom. Packed with easy-to-use handouts, questionnaires and printable exercises, this guide is perfect for teacher training and group activities.


Amelia Bowler is changing the paradigm of how we understand Oppositional Defiant Disorder. By recognizing that a diagnosis of ODD is what we observe and not the cause of behavior, Amelia gives permission to see the whole child and find new ways to support them. With practical ideas and relevant case studies, this book is one every teacher needs on their shelf.
Emily Kircher-Morris, LPC, Author of Teaching Twice-Exceptional Learners in Today's Classroom and host of The Neurodiversity Podcast
A critical book for teachers, paraprofessionals, principals, parents, therapists, and child psychiatrists alike. It's clear, concise, and evidence-based. Vitally important, the section on cultural competence underscores the complexity and beauty of every child's unique story and journey.
Mark W. Wilson, MD, Child and Adult Psychiatrist
Bowler's deft research summaries and relatable examples peel back the ODD mask, revealing determined, courageous students from often-unkind backgrounds. Her stories and strategies illustrate how curiosity and trust can nurture motivation and competence, supplanting those exhausting attempts to control behavior. Bowler delivers hope, plus generous, immediately useful resources.
Dr. Camille Kolu, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Trauma-informed behavior analysis consultant