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Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishing, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, and available everywhere, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Chapters Indigo, and your local bookstore.

Praise for “The Teachers’ Guide to Oppositional Defiant Disorder: Supporting and Engaging Students with Challenging or Disruptive Behaviour in the Classroom”

Bowler’s deft research summaries and relatable examples peel back the ODD mask, revealing determined, courageous students from often-unkind backgrounds. Her stories and strategies illustrate how curiosity and trust can nurture motivation and competence, supplanting those exhausting attempts to control behavior. Bowler delivers hope, plus generous, immediately useful resources.

 — Dr. Camille Kolu, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Trauma-informed behavior analysis consultant

Amelia Bowler is changing the paradigm of how we understand Oppositional Defiant Disorder. By recognizing that a diagnosis of ODD is what we observe and not the cause of behavior, Amelia gives permission to see the whole child and find new ways to support them. With practical ideas and relevant case studies, this book is one every teacher needs on their shelf. 

— Emily Kircher-Morris, LPC, Author of Teaching Twice-Exceptional Learners in Today’s Classroom and host of The Neurodiversity Podcast

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Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishing, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, and available everywhere, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Chapters Indigo, and your local bookstore.

Reviews for “The Parents’ Guide to Oppositional Defiant Disorder: Your Questions Answered”:

Reading this book is like sitting down to coffee with a trusted-mom-friend who happens to spend all her free time reading research papers about children and behavior. Amelia Bowler helps parents see kids’ challenging behavior from a new perspective offering hope along with practical, realistic advice. Parents will learn how to build resilience, foster connection, and improve communication to help kids who struggle with emotional self-regulation and prioritization.

— Alissa Marquess Zorn, Author of Bounceback Parenting, A Field Guide for Creating Connection Not Perfection

Amelia has a true gift of making really hard things doable. The subject of ODD may seem overwhelming, but she has given us this book to make the research accessible and the strategies easy to implement. She combines science and compassion to make a real difference for families and professionals alike.

— Leanne Page, BCBA, Parenting with ABA

In The Parent’s Guide to Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Amelia Bower has put together an invaluable resource for parents trying to make sense of their child’s diagnosis. She clears up the myths, offers guidance and compassion, and helps parents understand how to best support their child’s healthy development.

— Debbie Reber, founder, Tilt Parenting and author of Differently Wired: The Parent’s Guide to Raising an Atypical Child with Confidence and Hope

 Insight and understanding

Amelia Bowler is a writer, artist and behaviour consultant

Her mission is to help families build empathy and cooperation.

As a child, Amelia was diagnosed as “gifted” but struggled to stay organized and meet expectations at school. She resolved to become a classroom teacher, so she could help learners like herself.
She never stopped asking questions about the “WHY” of behaviour, and looking for creative new ways to teach. After earning a Master’s Degree in Applied Disability Studies with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis, Amelia also gained her credential as a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.

Through her experience as a mother to two high-spirited boys and working as a behaviour consultant in an multi-disciplinary clinic, Amelia learned to infuse her clinical expertise with compassion, playfulness and perspective.

She lives in Toronto, writing, painting and teaching, using art and creativity to bring families closer together.