My son is 10 and is ODD and ADHD. He will be tested for Asperger's in April. He seems to have all the signs of Asperger's except that he's so social. I realize there is a spectrum, but does anyone here have suggestions for what to look for socially besides low tolerance for frustration, not a lot of eye contact, and inability to meet kids on his own unless someone introduces them first? The MD diagnosing him is a neurologist, and the child psychiatric warned us that if that's what he's looking for, that's likely what he'll find (aka a surgeon cuts, an infectious disease specialist looks for diseases...). Chris has what I consider all the other signs... he did a major meltdown at the Rainforest Cafe' at Christmastime (although that place puts me in sensory overload, too)... he curled up on his chair, ducked his head between his knees and rocked. When he gets angry, he tears things into little bits (I try to encourage him to tear apart old phone books but I just came back from the bank, where I traded in two ones and a five that I had taped together). He is great a memorizing words and facts but has extreme difficulty weaving them into a cohesive whole, especially with-math word problems, and short stories. He takes things very literally and yells in anger if we say "that's not what I meant," although living in our household he has learned that we use a lot of cliches and slang so that helps. He is addicted to computer games, the faster the better,especially PS2 etc., and has major meltdowns, almost psychotic, after he uses them. (It didn't take long to figure out that connection between the flashing lights and speed, and his inability to process the info.) We have completely taken away the computer and grounded him off of other kids' computers. He is allowed to do text work for school, and large drawings that he does by himself. He is horrid at transition... if he's in the middle of something we have to give him several minutes to finish (God forbid if it's putting football cards in order and they fall on the floor!!!). If a playdate is canceled he goes through the roof. We've done neurofeedback and a brain scan of sorts, (not an MRI... in this test you measure the output of electrical current). He is using mostly one section of his brain while the others are practically dormant, and his frontal lobes are overactive. (From the ADHD symptoms, I could have told you that, LOL!) Because he was becoming so rude and violent, we completely cleaned out his room except for mattress and sheets. He has earned, by good behavior, blankets, his bookcase, lights, football cards, footballs, and a few books. I issue him clothes every day. Instead of freaking out, he calmed down and said he likes it that way! He said it's simpler and easier. He is repeating 3rd grade. The child psychiatric has helped us a lot but I think there's a piece of the puzzle missing. How does the dr. tell the difference between a collection of symptoms, and an actual disorder? I've been told they don't do brain scans, just interviews. How were your kids tested? Were you satistfied with-the results?