1. Avoid I statements. Examples: "I like the way you ______." or "I really wish you would ______." Instead give praise that makes them feel ownership over the task or choice they made. Using I statements make the child feel like they've lost control.
2. When providing directions during class instruction, be sure the student understands the purpose of the assignment. This can be a challenge because the student may not agree with the purpose. Try to connect it with something that they like personally.
3. Students with ODD, a lot of times, do not like public attention. Praise them privately with a thumbs up, post-it note, or even a brag note to the parents!
4. Constructive criticism should only be given in private! Always start off with something positive and, allow the student to express their concerns.
5. Give the student a personal schedule. This will allow the student to refer back to the schedule at any time of the day. This will give them security and could easily eliminate some behavior issues.
6. Give the student breaks (5-10 minutes) and allow them to complete their work in chunks. To provide a worksheet in chunks, fold half of the worksheet or cut the worksheet into separate pieces.
7. Know your student! Collect data and learn what triggers your student. Learn what they like and do not like. Be watchful of signs that may appear before a student has an episode. This will also help eliminate some of the defiant behaviors.
I hope I've posted something that is helpful to someone! Go to my TPT store to download a free weekly progress and behavior form that can be sent home to parents. I'd love to have your feedback! If there is something you'd like added to this form, please let me know. I'll do my best to assist you!