Hello, I am new here and was hoping for some advice on ODD from parents who have experienced it. My son, who is 8, has several of the symptoms on the checklist and I am really not sure where to go from here with diagnosis and treatment. A bit of a background. He was a fine baby and toddler, no problems at all with behavior or defiance. He is in 3rd grade and so far up until this year he has done great in school. He is in speech therapy and has been since he was 18 mths old. He has pretty much been the model student. Never gets in trouble, always very helpful in the classroom and gets great praise from his teachers. This school years has been increasingly difficult for him. He has gotten in trouble a couple of times in school. His homework in the evenings is a nightmare for everyone. He refuses to do it, insisting he has no idea what to do. He will argue with me, yell, scream, get frustrated and hit things. He has always had a bad temper when he gets upset with something. He will go to his room and tear something up, or hit something. During homework time he upsets everyone by his refusal to do anything. Once I can get him to calm down, he will happily sit down and do his work perfectly fine, and get it all correct. It's like he goes thru a melt down at the mention of homework. If he gets the least bit upset over anything he automatically blames someone else. He will yell at anyone, hit himself, hit anything near him (aside from people, he's never hit anyone else). It's like his fuse is SO short. When he does not let his temper flare, he is the most loveable child I've ever met. He is cuddly, and sweet and very helpful. He is a generally happy child, until he gets upset at something, even if it's something tiny, and then he blows up. If anyone has any more questions please feel free to ask them. I am honestly at a loss. I don't know what's going on with him.