Our neighborhood elementary school's PFO had a panel last night on Children's Mental Health. Unfortunately, it wasn't well attended, but husband & I were there and I'm so encouraged by the things I heard. Sam won't attend this particular school until 1st grade (our District has separate centers for Kindergarten & preschool), but I wanted to see what I could expect once he gets there. First, the principal seems so forward thinking -- very open-minded that children can be handicapped by emotional/mental issues. in my elementary days, I think kids like my son would have simply been labeled troublemakers and treated as such. There are such great supports available between the assistant principal, resource teacher, on-site full-time therapist, as well as other staff available throughout the district. I was really encouraged when the principal discussed their efforts to work with collaborative problem solving with all their students -- The Explosive Child came to mind! I recently heard that all the staff of the Kindergarten/preschool program were given a copy of The Explosive Child as well as special training -- even if Sam doesn't qualify for IEP, there will be supports available to help him (that was something I was really concerned about). As a newbie to all of this, it was nice to have the administration reach out with this information.