I have a 15 year old son who's only 'diagnosis' is 'mild dyspraxia' This does impact on his school work a small amount as he finds difficulty writing for extended periods, but he recieves no special help (which WOULD help him and would be offered) as he is "Not a spastic" Please excuse my use of that word it is HIS not mine... My son's language is diabolical, it has been since he was small.(I have learned to live with that) But he is permenantly angry at the world. He is increasingly becoming more aggressive verbally to the members of the family, and I have been seeing a parenting support counsellor since May when there was a major row between him and his sister which nearly escalated into physical violence. He refuses to do school work he doesn't feel like doing, He is tiring to be around all most of the time, any little thing will set him off, even somthing that he hears that annoys him on the radio, and as he has gotten older his outburst are more and more difficult to deal with. The content of his tirades are often verbally violent, Racist, Politically Incorrect, and very unpleasant to listen to. When he was younger I thought he might have Aspergers, and I still think he is at the very least borderline Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), he is also extremely intelligent!He has had over the years a number of 'fixations' Currently he is very interested in Politics, and Politics in the Middle East, He is teaching himself Arabic... If anything leads him to believe that you think there is 'something wrong' with him he will go into a number and he has threatened to kill himself...... I have tackled him on this on several occassions, and his response is along the lines of "do you think I am stupid?" and then we go back to the rage that started it off...... We seem to go in cycles with this, where he flares up and then calms down.....for a few months (Typical?) Now my question is.... does this sound like ODD? It's not <u>always</u> aimed at me, or my OH, but he HATES HATES HATES school and has done since day one! He is perfectly behaved there (Just to make life really difficult!) and I get both barrels when he comes home... this I am used to, but the ranting just seems to be getting worse and worse. It's also very galling that the school just won't accept that I have a problem with him at home. Is angry ranting - no other word is appropriate - ranting is the one - a manifestation of ODD? Everything is everyone's fault. I can't convey to you the extent of his fury as it's just not repeatable in polite society! Some of it is so bad I can't bring myself to even share it with the counsellor! I'd be interested to hear about other people's teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their interests, and also if you think the above description fits with your experience of ODD??? Sorry to write a book. But I'm back on my "Does somebody need to assess this child" bandwagon and frankly I'm not sure I have the mental strength for the ensuing battle! Thank you for listening. No More Rabbits?