I am brand new to this forum. I have three adopted children and all three have some type of emotional issues. My 5 year old son (I have had since birth) is showing very strong signs of ODD. He is already under the care of a psychologist and psychiatrist (all three children are). He is well behaved at kindergarden but very aggressive with me and his siblings. He hits, spits, and kicks when he does not get his way. He will also do it for no appartent reason. This behavior can occur at home, chuch, Walmart, and while driving down the road. I have tried behavior charts, spanking, rewards, loss of privileges and so on and nothing seems to work. His psychologist is already talking about he might eventually have to go into a placement home. He is extremely disruptive in the home the majority of the time. There are still some good moments. How can one get a child to stop the hitting and kicking? I am not talking about one or two hits then he stops. He can keep on and on relentlessly, and sometimes I have to hold him down on the floor. He is becoming stronger and his hits and kicks are becoming more painful. It is only a matter of time before I will have to make some tought decisions regarding this issue. This summer he also started showing some signs of aggression towards cats and dogs that he knows. Since school has started that behavior has tapered off, but his psychologist is still very concerned about this. He has also been diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)-not otherwise specified and Adjustment disorder. He has a "rule out" for ODD, Anxiety disorder and depression. He also has epilepsy and asthma. Almost every issue my children have can be traced back to the birth mother's side of the family. All three kids are on medication for behavioral issues. If any one has any ideas on how to stop the hitting and kicking, I would greatly appreciate any information or advice. I am a single-parent, and I love all three of my children. I just need to know if there is any hope or way to stop such aggressive behavior towards me and my other two children.