Hello I believe I can help you with your concern for your nephew
I am so sorry that your Nephew has been exhibiting these severe symptoms of ODD, I can imagine how much this distresses you about his future
You mentioned that he was institutionalized for one week, but i sounds like his symptoms are so severe that he may need more structural environments in the form of specialized schools or camps for these types of behaviors.
You are right that his symptoms and mental health disorder can progress to a more severe disorder called Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD) when he is older.
He is attending a public school, but takes special ed classes. Just began on Sept 30
In addition, sometimes the use of an atypical antipsychotic medication (e.g. Risperdal) can help minimize these aggressive symptoms
Well his symptoms are very severe and he is not responding to traditional therapy, so I would think that a boarding school that specializes with troubled youths like this may be effective for him or possibly a camp, but usually these camps take place in the summer time, so it would be too late right now.
Here are a list of the camps though
Here is also an example of a therapeutic boarding school too
How common is this? This is my first experience. It is disheartening that there are so few specialists or that they are hard to find.
I appreciate the help. I will check out the links and give my sister the information.
Typically ODD resolves in itself within 3 years (85 percent of children resolve on their own without treatment), but some individuals symptoms progress and get worse, which may be the case for your nephew (less than 5 percent according to the research).
In my opinion therapeutic boarding schools are the best for severe ODD as they give the child a structured environment and also provide them with the treatment needs as well
Most camps though usually run for a few weeks (8-12 weeks on average) and provide structure and also Wilderness training is a very popular to foster cooperative play among the youths and help them work together
I have a feeling that a boarding school is out of reach financially. But we will research. Camp does sound like it would be beneficial.
Anyway, I have to go (I am at work), but I appreciate your taking time to help.
Some boarding schools provide financial assistance to low income families, so it can be an option possibly
Anytime, I am always happy to help. I hope your nephew gets the treatment that he needs. My goal is to provide you with excellent service, so if you ever have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at anytime.
thank you so much
You are most welcome :)