My son has ODD and possibly a mood disorder/bi-polar and he is 9 y/o and in 4th grade. Last week he was suspended and so while we were in for his re-admittance meeting they wanted to revise his IEP. The revisions changed him from being in Emotional Support 1hour of the day and regular ed 5 hours of the day to him being in Emotional Support for 3 hours of the day and regular ed 3 hours of the day. This new schedule starts today. I am so upset because my son is so upset about it. The biggest thing is that he will have to go to recess & lunch with 5th graders and he won't see his friends. The other thing he is very upset about is that his class does Reading Buddies on Tuesday afternoons with the Special Needs class and he has just gotten so attached to his little buddy. Now, he will be in Emotional Support during that time and will not have that opportunity. It just breaks my heart to see him so upset and sad and not be able to take part in something that he loves so much. My husband says I'm just being silly and over reacting but I sent my son off with tears in his eyes today because of this new schedule. Also, he hates the teacher in ES and I know that it is because he is very authoritative and my son hates all authority but I am just so worried about him. I don't want him to become depressed or at the very least even more resisitant to going to school. There is so little he looks forward to about it and Reading Buddies, lunch, and recess were about the only things he did look forward to, now they are taken away. I just needed to get it out somewhere where I know people are probably dealing with or have dealt with similar situations. If anyone has any advice or words of encouragement I could really use it now.