Things with difficult child are getting somewhat better at home. I have been able to get him to make up all of his late homework without too much of a fuss. There are times when I can tell he is yelling and arguing because he is stressed/anxious so I make sure to tell him the things he is doing well. His defiance about coming home from playing is still an issue but not as bad as it was for a while. I simply remind him that if he isn't home when I tell him to be, he will be grounded the next day. I even explain that the reason for the grounding is because if I can't trust him to come home when I tell him, then I'm just not going to let him leave the house so it won't be an issue. The problem with the school district is getting a little better too. They are trying some of my ideas and they are working, imagine that. They have gone back to following his current IEP (we have an annual IEP meeting in two weeks). The issue they are still struggling with is getting work done in class. If it requires a lot of writing, he tells them that he wants me to help him (he dictates, I write) and refuses to work during class time. Another part of this is that then he forgets to bring it home. I stop in once a week to look through his locker for missing work and ask the teachers for another copy of missing stuff I can't find in his locker. They are all willing to do this and all, except one, are even willing to let him turn it in late without docking points for being late. His grades have gone from D's and F's back up to B's and some C's. Up until this year, he has been straight B's with some A's. He gets very stressed and shuts down if there is writing involved. Will have to start my list of supports/helps I would like for difficult child for this IEP. I am expecting a battle although a small one. We also have a medication check this week and if I remember correctly, there was some "wiggle room" in his dosages because he has gained "some" weight. Could be an interesting next 2 weeks. Thanks everyone for all your support and suggestions. I can't believe this board has been such a help. You are all wonderful!