Digital Seminar

Oppositional, Defiant & Disruptive Students: Practical Strategies for the Most Challenging Classroom Behaviors

Merrily A. Brome, MA, ABSNP
5 Hours 27 Minutes
Apr 28, 2020
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Children and adolescents with ODD, ADHD, Asperger’s, anxiety, mood, and disruptive disorders provide constant clinical, school and parenting challenges.

Watch this recording and learn new, effective non-medication strategies for your client’s most challenging behaviours including:

  • Tantrums
  • Running out/away
  • Noncompliance
  • Nagging
  • Refusing to work/help
  • Yelling/screaming
  • Bullying
  • Panic/anxiety reactions
  • Lack of follow-through
  • Not following directions

You will walk away with immediate strategies for out of control behaviours and techniques for emotional regulation along with long-term treatment strategies to help kids at home and school. Merrily Brome, MA, ABSNP, has worked with the most challenging kids in a variety of school settings. Through the use of case studies and action-oriented handouts, you will finish this program with solutions to turn your most challenging kids around.



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Merrily Brome, MA, ABSNP, is a nationally certified school neuropsychologist, who continues to maintain certification in both elementary and special education. She has worked in the education profession for 43 years, with experience at the pre-school through high school high school level. Merrily has a bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University in elementary and special education. She spent the first part of her career as a special educator in a middle school. Her graduate degree from Towson State University (MD) is in School Psychology, which she has practiced for 30 years. In that capacity, she has worked in numerous school settings, from preschool through high school. While serving on a preschool special education assessment team for several years, she pursued additional training in order to refine her skills in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders. In addition to further graduate work at both Loyola University (Md.) and Johns Hopkins University, she has completed a year-long post graduate certification program offered by the American Board of School Neuropsychology. A particular area of professional interest is the impact of childhood trauma on neurodevelopment, behavior, and learning. Merrily has served as an adjunct professor for the University of Missouri where she developed and instructed several units for graduate level coursework on “Learning and the Brain.” She also has presented the annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health, which is sponsored by the Center for School Mental Health (CSMH).


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Merrily Brome receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and consultant fee from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Merrily Brome has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Utilize clinical strategies to reduce the frequency, duration and severity of behavioural episodes that challenge therapists, educators, professionals and parents.
  2. Implement both proactive and reactive strategies for oppositional, defiant and disruptive behaviour in children and youth.
  3. Discriminate between the clinical presentation of behavioural episodes & psychiatric symptoms to inform treatment.
  4. Communicate how a skilled observation of behaviour informs your treatment approach.
  5. Develop clinical skills for establishing a therapeutic rapport to overcome treatment resistance in children and adolescents.
  6. Effectively develop a behaviour intervention plan and safety plan across all settings including home and school.


Behaviours That Make Us Crazy

  • Tantrums
  • Running out/away
  • Noncompliance
  • Nagging
  • Refusing to work/help
  • Yelling/screaming
  • Bullying
  • Panic/anxiety reactions
  • Lack of follow-through
  • Not following directions


  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attachment issues/disorder, conduct disorder, autism spectrum disorders


  • The Functions of Behavior
    • Fear-based (Fight, Flight, Freeze or Submit)
      • Escape
      • Attention
      • Sensory
      • Pain
      • Control

Mental Health Disorder or Behavior Problem

  • The power of skilled observations
  • The interview
  • Comparison to the group
  • The FBA-Incredibly powerful assessment tool
  • The art of choosing a diagnosis (if you have to at all!)

Limitations of the Research and Potential Risks

Treatment Strategies Part I

  • Proactive
    • Behaviour plans
    • Motivational incentives
    • Set the stage for success
    • Remember the initial goal
    • Appropriately address the functions of the behaviour
  • Reactive
    • Corrective measures
    • It’s like playing chess in a tornado

Treatment Strategies Part II

  • Specific Strategies for the Following Behavioral Challenges
    • Tantrums
    • Running out/away
    • Noncompliance
    • Nagging
    • Refusing to work/help
    • Yelling/screaming
    • Bullying
    • Panic/anxiety reactions
    • Lack of follow-through
    • Not following directions

Treatment Strategies Part III

  • Specific Strategies for the Following Disorders
    • ODD
    • ADHD
    • Mood disorders
    • Anxiety disorders
    • Working with unsafe behaviours

Treatment Strategies Part IV

  • Special Populations & Circumstances
    • Asperger’s disorder
    • Divorce, separation
    • Abuse and neglect
    • Parent misbehaviour
    • Foster care

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Teachers
  • School Guidance Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses
  • School Administrators
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Other Helping Professionals who Work with Children

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