Hello everyone, I am happy to have found this place. I was on a similar bulletin board for my easy child who has Tourette Syndrome. I found it to be very helpful to know I'm not alone and read other people's stories and get stuff off of my chest. So, I'm hoping for the same here, with my difficult child. difficult child is my 5 year old son. He has been "high needs" since birth. Cried all the time. I remember the first night in the hospital, I wasn't a first time mom but I could not console him...the nurse had to come in and "fix" him. From that moment on, I figured I was in for it. difficult child has always been what I consider off the hook. He has always been obsessed with fans, lawnmowers, and fire. For years. Last summer, right before he turned 4, he threw a kitten we had so hard against the wall that it broke it's back and we had to put it down. That was the moment I decided to seek outside help. I called around and then a local place with a children's treatment team got word of what happened and called me and said that a therapist on the team was willing to take us pro-bono. So in Sept 2009, she diagnosed him with ODD and we started the PCIT program. He graduated the PCIT program in Feb, 2010. He seemed to be doing much better. Went from having quite a few tantrums a day and hitting and kicking us to having less than one tantrum a week and no more violence. He graduated preschool in June 2010. Had a decent but exhausting for me summer and then started Kindergarten in September. Kindergarten has been awful for him and us. At first, he didn't want to go...he would scream and cry at drop off and fight the teachers...but do fine during the day...and then he stopped the drop off behavior and started acting up throughout the day. We considered taking him out in Sept, but he was doing better so we kept him in. Now I have decided for sure that I am taking him out. Wednesday will be his last day because there's a Halloween party that he really wants to go to. His home behavior is so bad that I'm losing my mind. I'm starting to think he has ADHD because he is constantly on the go....he cannot sit still for 5 seconds unless he is asleep. There's so much more but that's where I'm at. I've got the teacher filling out the checklist and I'm filling on out and we're setting up an appointment with the pediatrician. I just want to know if he's really just a high needs child or is this something we can fix with therapy or medications. Anyways, that's the short version of my story. I hope to learn a lot from this board and plan to contribute as much as possible. Thanks for reading...look forward to getting to know you all.