Hi Everybody! I have been lurking in the forums, but haven't had the courage to post up until now. I am a married stay at home mom with a 5 year old son. He is a brilliant little boy, but he struggles with many issues. He has been to a therapist who diagnosed him with ODD, and his pediatrician recently referred him to an Occupational Therapist for an evaluation. I hope that we can find an accurate diagnosis for him before school starts, because I am starting to wonder if he will need to be placed in special classes. Here are some of my difficult child's symptoms. -He has strange hand movements. He curls his fingers most of the time, clenches them into fists, and has weird hand postures. -He is extremely oral. He sticks EVERYTHING into his mouth. -He has encopresis, but I think it's due to chronic constipation. -He talks incessantly, and is very CREATIVE. He talks just to hear himself talk, and makes up wild stories. -He doesn't respect others personal space. He puts his face, hands, and feet in others people's faces all of the time. He used to rub our arms up until the age of 4. -He has threatened to kill himself, and to kill his grandmother. He talked of putting poison in her drinking glass, drowning her with the pool cover, and electrocuting her with the lite brite electrical cord. When he was mad, and didn't get his way, he pretended to cut me up with a chainsaw. I have no idea where he gets this stuff. -He has difficulty following directions, and he doesn't like to be given instructions. -He was afraid of jungle gyms until the age of 3 1/2. He wouldn't ride his tricycle until the age of 4, and just now started to ride a bicycle with training wheels. He is doing OK, but it's slow going. He mostly walks the bike and rides slowly. Plus, he can't seem to figure out how to stop the bike or turn it. -He likes to dominate others, and doesn't really like to have 2 way conversations. If you say something that he doesn't like, then he will have a tantrum. If you ask him a question, then most of the time he won't give you an answer, or he will ramble on about something else. -He is intellectually gifted, but socially immature. -He has a lot of energy, and bounces off the walls; although, he does have a really good attention span. He can sit through a 2 hour movie, or through other activities. Anyway, I will stop there. He is pretty much on target developmentally, with the exception of what I have noted above. Does anyone have any idea of what he could be suffering from aside from ODD? I am not looking for a diagnosis, or medical advice. I am just looking for some insight, or for someone to point me in the right direction. Any words will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.