We (difficult child and I) went to the first therapy session yesterday. She asked a lot of question , mainly addressed to me, and difficult child played with the toys. I could tell she (the therapist) was looking at him closely and, at times, talked with about very casual stuffs (his new bike, the big teddy bear in the room, etc...) I felt she really understood our concerns. I also told her we suspected something else was going on besides the ODD. She actually agreed with me! She went on to say (after the hour was almost over) that she was almost certain there was some kind of processing issues that weren't language related. She also added that the importance of his routine, the way things have to be (the cup on the left, not on the right for exemple) were autistic traits....? I went on to say "but look at him, he is not autistic..". She just told me that he, in fact, was not autistic but he had autistic traits: she pointed outt at difficult child who was sorting her play cups according to color. I don't think it is all that weird. Hum... She said he was very interesting and very complex and that the psychiatric evaluation would bring much needed insight. We see her next week. Maybe once she understands the situation completly, she can start with helping difficult child manage his issues. Fingers crossed.