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Question by  sparksarul (19)

What is the difference between ODD and autism?

My son got one diagnosis and now I'm being told it's probably the other.


Answer by  JenniferJ (326)

These are totally different diagnoses. ODD is oppositional defiant disorder and is a behavioral disorder characterized by uncooperative and annoying behavior towards authority figures. Autism, on the other hand, is a developmental disorder characterized by delays in social interaction and communication. You need to figure out the root of your son's behavior to get at the root of the diagnosis.


Answer by  anjeldream (86)

ODD, Oppositional defiant disorder, shows a pattern of arguing and angry or disruptive behaviors toward authority figures. With Autism the child has problems with social interactions, Verbal and nonverbal communication.


Answer by  John (9008)

They are two very different conditions. Autism is much more serious than ODD; ODD basically means that a child is oppositional and defiant. It is very treatable through behavior modification therapy. Autism is not very treatable. Children who suffer from either one may have a hard time obeying rules or following directions, so it's not uncommon to have confusion.

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