Stop Calling Children “Defiant”

Just. Stop.

Why We Must Stop Calling Children “Defiant”

“Morality is doing what is right regardless of what you are told. Obedience is doing what is told regardless of what is right.”

— H.L. Mencken

“The symptoms of Compliance Acquiescent Disorder (CAD) include: defers to authority, actively obeys rules, fails to argue back, knuckles under instead of mobilizing others in support, and stays restrained when outrage is warranted.”

–Norm Diamond

“You can’t have two people pushing against each other if one of them doesn’t participate! You can’t have a power struggle with only one person engaged.”

— Susan Stiffelman

If a child with so-called “Oppositional Defiant Disorder” is in a room without any adults to defy, does their O.D.D. still exist?

— Jillian Enright, ADHD 2e MB

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Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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