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Behavior Disorders

Behavior disorders involve a pattern of disruptive behaviors that affect every area of a child's, teen's, and young adult's life, at home, school, personally, and socially. 

Behavior disorders include:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder, with or without Hyperactivity (ADHD)        

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) 

  • Conduct Disorder (CD) 

  • Emotional Behavioral Disorder (EBD)

Ruth's goals are for preteens, teens, and young adults to experience and embrace successful and healthy behavior management, to change and grow, and to not just succeed, but to thrive personally and socially, in the home, school, and beyond. For each of these behavior disorders, Ruth offers guidance, training, coaching, and support to the parents as well.


Attention Deficit Disorder, with or without Hyperactivity (ADHD)

ADHD is a complex neurobiological and neurobehavioral condition typically manifested by executive function impairments. As an ADHD coach, Ruth specializes in the issues and struggles that come with this attention disorder, which all fall under these three categories:

  • Inattentiveness 

  • Impulsivity

  • Hyperactivity 

The following are some examples of ADHD challenges: 

Organization, structure, motivation, time awareness and management, planning, prioritizing, focus and follow-through with tasks and goals, listening skills, being forgetful with daily activities, racing thoughts and behaviors, difficulty delaying gratification, restlessness, easily frustrated, poor awareness and insight into self and others, processing skills

The five forms of treatment for ADHD are coaching or therapy, structure, behavior management techniques, exercise, and medication. These first four are Ruth’s specialties and her passion. If someone is seeking medication treatment, Ruth refers to local doctors and psychiatrists she highly respects.


Those with ADHD can focus well with one-on-one attention, and/or if something is novel, interesting, exciting, or intimidating (fear-based). With Ruth, they receive 100% of her attention, one-on-one; her environment is virtually distraction-free, and her work is continually novel, interesting, and exciting, different from the norm. 

There are great advantages that ADHD can offer an individual: high energy, great creativity, intuitiveness, enthusiasm, high achievement, empathy, non-conventional, a most successful adaptive lifestyle, to name just a few. Ruth loves empowering ADHD children, teens, and young adults to cultivate and celebrate all their unique and wonderful traits!

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) 

Presenting behavior problems are frequent and persistent anger, arguing, resistiveness, irritability, defiance, and/or vindictiveness towards authority figures, including the parents. 

Conduct Disorder (CD) 

Presenting behavior problems are all the above-mentioned maladaptive behaviors for ODD, but are compounded with behaviors where the basic rights of others, or major age-appropriate norms, are violated (delinquent and/or antisocial).


Emotional Behavioral Disorder (EBD) 

Presenting behavior problems are difficulty with interpersonal relationships, inappropriate feelings or behaviors under normal circumstances, and general feelings of unhappiness, depression, fear, and/or anxiety with personal and school problems.

Ruth holds a master’s degree in Behavior and Emotional Disorders. She continues to be fascinated with young people’s behavior choices, individually and in groups, how they deal with the consequences of their choices, and how thoughts determine behavior.

See Also:

Executive Functions

Academic Performance

Parent Training and Support

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