Oppositional Defiant Disorder Treatment in Malaysia

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Watching your child struggle with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) isn’t easy. At times they can be hostile and aggressive, especially towards peers or authority figures. As a behavioural disorder, it’s key to remember that it isn’t their fault. Your child isn’t acting out on purpose – this isn’t just ‘normal teenage behaviour.’ Though there’s no set cure for ODD, it can easily be managed with the right treatment plan.

At The Wave, we know how difficult it is to send your loved ones to another country for treatment – rest assured that we aren’t your average clinic. We aren’t just here to look after and support your child, we’re here to guide them throughout the entire process. From admissions to arrival, we’ll be with them every step of the way, updating you as we progress into treatment.

We provide a combination of clinical and therapeutic treatments for ODD as well as family therapy, guiding young people through their treatment journey and giving them the resources and tools they need to take back control of their disorder.

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The Wave Oppositional Defiant Disorder Admissions Team can be contacted on:

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Wave Clinic: Specialists in Oppositional Defiant Disorder
+60 327 271 799 (General Enquiries)
+60 125 227 734 (Admissions)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Wave International Group LLC
+971 438 354 01

What Is It and How Does It Work?

Treatment For Oppositional Defiant Disorder

At The Wave, we adopt a holistic approach to treatment – we’ll never treat you like a problem because we know how complex ODD is. That’s why we personalize every young person’s treatment plan to suit their personal needs and recovery goals. We know that seeking treatment, let alone moving to a new country, can be daunting and challenging.

Young people suffering from ODD already have a difficult time keeping their emotions in check, so we aim to create a caring, calm, and supportive environment to make the transition as easy as possible. Alongside regular treatment, we also offer opportunities to develop skills, make new friends, and work towards building a bright future.

Laying the groundwork for a bright life after recovery

The Seven Core Elements of Treatment

At The Wave, we are proud of our unique approach to healing. Our seven elements combine clinical and holistic treatments and therapies, and we also provide a wide range of fun physical activities that boost well-being.

Each of the seven elements will help young people rebuild their confidence and independence, equipping them with a firm education and opportunities to give back, and setting them up with the skills and tools needed to navigate the challenges of ODD back home.

The seven elements include:

 ODD often impacts relationships and the way young people present themselves. They might not fully understand how their actions are affecting others, so building up a sense of self-awareness is a core component of our clinical treatment. Working closely with a team of psychotherapists, young people will come to learn more about their condition and triggers, as well as how their behaviour impacts others. They’ll also learn how to develop healthy coping mechanisms in times of stress, ensuring that they don’t give into aggression or violence. 

Some of our clinical treatment options include:

  • Family therapy
  • One-to-one therapy
  • Expressive arts therapy
  • Somatic therapy 
  • Self-love techniques
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Group therapy
  • Parent training
  • Parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT)

Helping everybody develop a sense of self-awareness, our clinical approach aims to give young people the tools needed to become more empathetic of those around them. Therapeutic care can also help uncover any co-occurring disorders they may be struggling with in parallel to ODD.

Though there’s no set cure for ODD, a personalized treatment plan will be drawn up to help your child better manage symptoms. Most of the time, we don’t prescribe any medication to children unless they’re suffering from a co-occurring disorder like ADHD or depression. In all cases, we’ll always do a thorough medical examination before prescribing anything. Young people and their families are, of course, consulted about any possible medications or changes to treatment plans before they are administered. 

In the majority of cases, treatment for ODD will revolve around therapy, parent training, and a range of clinical and social learning approaches.

Left untreated or unaddressed, ODD can have a big impact on a young person’s education. Their actions might come across as hostile or antisocial, leading to fewer friendships and social exclusion. It can also have an impact on their studies, but it shouldn’t have to. At The Wave, we firmly believe that no young person should be left behind, and that’s why one of our seven elements is education.

Every young person has so much ahead of them, and we’re here to help them see their potential and realise their dreams. Alongside therapy, we provide a range of educational opportunities designed to bolster a young person’s confidence and skills for life outside of our clinic. Whatever their dream is, we’re here to help arm them with the tools needed to achieve it.

Some of the educational pathways we offer include:

  • International GAP-year experiences
  • Continuation of GCSEs and A-Levels
  • Vocational courses (London School of Art, Royal Horticultural Society, Leith’s School of Cookery, and The British Horse Society)

Each young person will have their own personal learning plan (PLP) to help them stick to their goals and set the foundations for a solid future.

Recovery doesn’t happen through therapy and support alone – it also happens through action. At The Wave, living and learning recovery is one of our core approaches to treatment and can help young people put what they’ve learned into action and actively heal while contributing and helping others. This is what our Global Citizenship Programme is all about – making sure everyone gets the chance to give back to the community.

This is especially important for those suffering from ODD, as it will help them develop a sense of empathy for others and see the direct impact that their care and actions are having on those around them. As well as building a sense of self-awareness, our global citizenship programme also helps them to better relate to their peers and become more understanding of how their behaviour (good and bad) affects others.

Volunteering opportunities will also give young people a chance to reconnect with something they care about and help them nurture something meaningful and positive.

At The Wave, we know that therapy can sometimes be overwhelming and daunting, with many young people suffering from ODD scared to partake in it. With this in mind, we take a holistic approach to recovery. 

During a young person’s time with us, we encourage them to participate in various activity-based treatments, such as sports and creative therapies. We will never force them to do something they don’t want to do, but will try to push them to explore new things and develop new hobbies. Not only do these activities offer a way for young people to express themselves and have fun, but they help improve their confidence and encourage them to make connections during their time at The Wave. 

Therapeutic activities can also be productive, offering skills and experiences that young people can take with them on their journey after recovery. From an organic garden kitchen to cookery classes and yoga, there’s something to suit everyone.

Cultivating a strong team spirit, sense of accomplishment, and fun into our treatment programmes is what sets our approach apart from others. We don’t just focus on clinical treatment – we’re also keen to get our young people involved in fun challenges and experiences that will empower them and help them learn new life skills.

That’s why one of our seven core elements is experiences. All young people have the chance to take part in a range of experiences and exciting adventures, including:

  • Dance and drama productions
  • Fashion design 
  • Batik painting
  • Pottery
  • Horse riding
  • Jungle adventures
  • Orienteering
  • Rock climbing

ODD can often impact relationships and the way a young person interacts with others. That’s why our ‘experiences’ element is designed to help bolster their confidence to try new things and give them a chance to develop team-building skills

Though there’s no set cure for ODD, this doesn’t mean it has to rob a young person of their potential. With an effective and ongoing treatment plan, anyone with the disorder can go on to manage their symptoms and live a normal life. It all starts with developing healthy mechanisms and developing an understanding of their behaviour – something which is a core part of treatment at our clinic.

Young people have so much ahead of them, and we’re keen to help them realise their dreams and ambitions, giving them the tools and resources to set the cogs into motion. 

Having some kind of purpose when they leave our clinic will help set them up for their future and limit the chances of them returning to old habits. With a renewed sense of hope and inspiration, they’ll be more likely to stick to their goals and go on to lead a fulfilling life.

“I came to The Wave about 2 ½ years ago, and I can’t speak highly enough about their service, support, and love I received (and still do) from the team. They have helped me build stable foundations for a life that now feels worth living. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without their amazing help, and I am lucky enough to call them my family.”

Oppositional Defiant Disorder Treatment Options

Recovering from Oppositional Defiant Disorder

We offer a range of treatment modalities for young people experiencing Oppositional Defiant Disorder in our care including


Scheduled in every young person’s weekly treatment plan, individual psychotherapy provides those with ODD access to a lead therapist and an individual specialist therapist.
Whilst individual psychotherapy can seem daunting at first, it provides an opportunity for young people to express themselves, explore their emotions, and feel heard in a safe and calm environment. These sessions see our therapists help young people regulate their emotions and learn coping mechanisms, both of which are essential for recovery.

Often, therapies such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) are explored during individual psychotherapy. This therapy, in particular, helps those in recovery understand ODD and recognise their own triggers. We’ll support and guide all our young people to work through their trauma, past experiences, and events to promote healing. Although therapy is confidential, safety plans will be implemented if any suicidal or harmful thoughts are shared.

Organic Garden Kitchen

The therapeutic benefits of nature are widely known, and we love to take full advantage of this at our beautiful location. We are proud of our organic kitchen garden and encourage all young people to get involved. Here, we grow and harvest organic fruits, flowers, and vegetables that we use to cook meals and scent and colour our organic handmade soap.

For many young people, their time in our organic kitchen garden gives them a sense of accomplishment and community. It also offers insight into new career opportunities, especially since those who attend The Wave can participate in courses provided by The Royal Horticultural Society.

Family Therapy

Family understanding and cooperation are crucial to managing a young person’s ODD, and this is why we take great pride in our commitment to building family relationships at The Wave. As ODD affects both the young person suffering and their family, we encourage those in our care to participate in family therapy.

During family therapy, we help our young people explore their emotions, heal as a family unit, and gain the knowledge and skills needed to move forward. Not only does this help repair any relationships that may have been damaged, but it enables parents and siblings to help young people with ODD continue their recovery upon leaving our centre. We additionally provide families with access to lead therapists and psychiatrists throughout treatment and updates on progress reports and any change via phone call.

Frequently asked questions

Oppositional Defiant Disorder FAQ's

A diagnosis can only be made by a mental health professional, usually a psychiatrist. If you are concerned about a young person’s ODD, talk to a medical professional such as a doctor or reach out to a specialist organisation.

The exact causes of ODD are unknown. Although no specific gene for the disorder has been discovered, it can be inherited.

Environmental factors, such as family disharmony, poor discipline, poverty, neglect, and trauma, can also play a part in the development of ODD. Irrespective of the cause, the best thing is for a young person to seek professional help and treatment.

In a sense, ODD can be cured with appropriate treatment. Here, symptoms improve, and many young adults let go of disruptive behaviors. However, ODD isn’t generally diagnosed past childhood. When symptoms of ODD persist into adulthood, a new diagnosis is often given. Lasting symptoms of childhood ODD may overlap with other conditions, such as a conduct disorder.

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