I am new to this forum and hopefully will provide enough information to get some really helpful feedback. My son is 5 and just started Kindergarten. When he was in pre-school, at the request of the school, I had him tested by a panel of Psychologists because they suspected that he may be autistic. The panel determined that he was in fact not autistic and at 4 was testing at a fifth grade level in some areas. They said that being so advanced was probably making him bored at pre-school but they also told me that due to the tantrums he had been having at school and at home the best conclusion that they could come up with was that he possibly had O.D.D. They were hesitant to diagnose him with anything definitative though as he was so young. All they could tell me was that he didn't qualify for special education because he didn't have any learning disabilities. I then, in my best effort to help him, went out and purchased everything I could to research O.D.D. I, along with a lot of other parents I have read posts from here, got the impression that the books were geared toward older children. I still try to use the techniques I read about in the books with my son but at 4 it was very hard for him to express his feelings and we had a lot of difficulty performing the back and forth dialogue. Plus a lot of his triggers he has grown out of within the last two years and it seems like it isn't working very well. Now it seems his biggest struggle (since he has only been in school for one week) is conforming to the teacher's requirements and actually doing all of the school work that is expected of him in class. He only wants to do what he is interested in. He yells, distracts the class and tells her that it is all "boring for him" when it comes to doing certain things he doesn't want to do. He seems to have issue with things involving dexterity. He can cut and write his name and has been able to do these things for a long time. Now however, when confronted with having to do these things in class he will say it is too hard for him and that he can't do it. He actually went as far today as to throw something at his teacher as he was refusing to cut out an elephant because his previous efforts at a tantrum weren't working. Now I know these are things that he can do. Is it just that he feels above them and really is bored? Is there something else neurological going on that is making this difficult all of the sudden? Is it just a battle of the wills between O.D.D. and the public school system? His teacher seems very patient with him and is in the process of getting all of his pre-school records. I'm sure the end result will be him getting tested again. What I would like to know is...does anyone else have a child with these issues? Am I the only parent who has a wonderful loving sweet son that is like someone else when he is asked to do things he doesn't want to do? Does anyone elses child with O.D.D. have problems conforming to things involving dexterity?