I am new to the website and am so happy to have found this! I have a beautiful five year old little girl named Riley. She was diagnosed a year ago with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and ODD. I feel like the ODD has gotten so out of control. Even with the therapy and counselling, I feel so out control! I have done everything from screaming to crying to begging and pleading with her. She gets out of control when we are in public, she hits, punches, kicks me and I am just not sure how to deal with it, so we end up leaving wherever we are at just so I can get her to calm down. She argues with me, she defies me, she gets so violent with me and herself. She throws things across the room and the smallest thing can set her off. ie maybe a puzzle piece doesn't fit right, the whole puzzle goes flying across the room and she may kick me or punch herself or even her little sister, if she's close enough. I am at my wits end! I have cried myself to sleep most nights, wondering what it is I am doing wrong. I am so glad to read that other moms are going through the same things. It's somewhat of a relief to know I am not alone. She has not started school, I was told it would be better to hold her back a year, so she will be starting this next school year and I am soooo scared. The autism is bad enough but with the ODD, I am so afraid for her and other children and the teachers. HELP!! It just doesn't seem like I can reason with her and I gave up on that a long time ago. She is so smart and bright and beautiful and I love her so much, I just feel like I am stuck right now, I need some help. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice? I am open for anything. God knows I have tried everything I can think of. I just want her to be happy in all aspects of life. I would appreciate any advice or suggestions.