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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 (ADD or ADHD)        

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) 

  • Conduct Disorder (CD) 

  • Emotional Behavioral Disorder (EBD)

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.

My 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 (ADD or ADHD)

As an ADD and ADHD coach, Ruth specializes in all the symptoms of this neurobehavioral disorder

  • Inattentiveness 

  • Distractibility 

  • Hyperactivity and restlessness 

  • Impulsiveness

The following are some examples of ADD and ADHD challenges: 

Organization, motivation, time awareness and management, planning, prioritizing, focus and follow-through with tasks and goals,  listening skills (auditory processing), being forgetful with daily activities, racing thoughts and behaviors, bored easily, difficulty delaying gratification, restlessness, easily frustrated, overly sensitive, noncompliant, poor awareness and insight into self and others, struggling with processing skills: for example, not thinking well and through problems, stressors, tasks. 

The five forms of treatment for ADD and 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 ADD or 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 ADD or 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 ADD and 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.

Many who struggle with a behavior disorder have one or more coexisting disorders or difficulties, such as learning disabilities or difficulties, other behavior disorders, substance abuse and/or other addictions. Ruth is highly experienced, educated, and specialized in these areas.

Ruth Also Offers: 

  • Crisis intervention in the home 

  • Advocacy in the schools, courts 

  • School consultations 

  • Workshops for Ruth’s Own Distinctive Discipline Program

See Also:

Learning Disabilities

Academic Performance

Executive Functioning Skills

Life Skills

Academic Tools Program

Discipline Program

Parent Training and Support

"Ruth Rosio worked with my son, Stephen, for approximately 15 months. Stephen has ADHD and lacked many important organizational and study skills that we felt he would need in order to succeed in college.  She taught him a step by step process of how to take notes, organize papers, plan out his week, break down his assignments into doable tasks, read his textbooks, prioritize the importance of assignments, and estimate the length of time required for each of these tasks.  My son was not overly enthusiastic about learning all of these skills but Ruth was able to quickly form a connection with him in order to gain his respect and willingness to learn.  That was the key component required for him in order to move  forward!  She took an interest in his interests which really helped motivate him.  Ruth also had a sense for when to push and when to pause in order to not “loose” him when he was struggling emotionally.  Ruth is very energetic which is one of the reasons I believe she is successful in working with children, teens and young adults.  Ruth has years of experience and valuable knowledge that will be an asset in helping many more future students!"
                                                                    Sheila Schostok

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