Hi everyone. I've been lurking for a couple of days and think that maybe this might be a good place for me to crash for a while. I am a 32-year-old married mother of two. My oldest is a difficult child with various issues. difficult child is 8 years old and has been diagnosed with Autism/Aspergers (not really defined and probably Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)-not otherwise specified would be more accurate), ODD, ADHD, anxiety, sensory issues and CAD (central auditory processing). He is really a great child in so many ways, but he can also be a huge challenge. My youngest is a easy child (or at least so far) and is only 9 weeks old. difficult child adores her and is great with her, so that thankfully isn't as issue. My husband is 34 and works out of town. He stays with his folks near his work (2 hours away) during the week coming home on weekends and Wed nights to take difficult child to Cubs. I guess compared with what many of you have experienced things are not bad with difficult child, but I am worried that one day things will be much worse. He certanly has become more difficult over the last year. We try really hard to make things work, but poor husband gets very frustrated with difficult child and I sometimes feel like washing my hands of him. Sometimes difficult child seems so dense... He is unwilling to accept any responsibility for his actions and when he does he turns it to negative self-talk calling himself stupid, or claiming that he has no control over the behaviour. He does the same idiotic things over and over again and doesn't seem to learn from his mistakes. It is exasperating. Anyways, I am sure that you will hear plenty more from me I look forward to getting to know everyone.