I have decided to examine a child dealing with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (impulsive type) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. I have decided to portray the role of a member of a Therapeutic Support Staff (TSS) and Behavior Specialist in dealing with this child. The hypothetical TSS will examine the child, Tanner, at his mother's house, his father's house, school, and in public. The TSS will take Tanner on day trip excursions and note his behavior on them. The element of diversity I have chosen for Tanner is a race difference: Tanner is African-American, while I am Caucasian.
I have chosen this combination of psychopathology because I spent the summer of 2009 as the primary caretaker of a child with ADHD and ODD, for about 50-70 hours a week. After a rough couple of weeks, I eventually gained the child's trust and was able to take him to the movies, the mall, out to eat, etc., without having any major scenes or incidents, something that his parents were unable to do.
The child began following my directions, andprovided that I picked and chose my battlesrarely needed reprimanding when in my care after the first couple of months. I even was able to improve the way he viewed his mother: not as someone there to always keep him from misbehaving,' but to someone that had his best interests at heart that put in a lot of effort to give him the best life he could have.
[...] However, Tanner was still largely oppositional towards his parents, disrespectful, and occasionally violent. He still experienced mood swings and was out of control. Since the school year has started, Tanner's weight has gone up, and previous mischievous behaviors have resurfaced. Sharon suspects Tanner is somehow not actually taking his medication, or that the medication is no longer effective. When Carla asked how Tanner felt about his medicine, Tanner through a tantrum. He explained that he hated his medicine, and that he was “sick of everyone trying to change him.” He asserted that he hated Carla, Denise, Doug, and his parents, and screamed through tears and expletives that he was not going to cooperate with them any longer. [...]
[...] Hypothetical case study: Assessment and intervention of a nine-year-old African-American boy with oppositional defiant disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder Introduction: I have decided to examine a child dealing with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (impulsive type) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. I have decided to portray the role of a member of a Therapeutic Support Staff (TSS) and Behavior Specialist in dealing with this child. The hypothetical TSS will examine the child, Tanner, at his mother's house, his father's house, school, and in public. [...]
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