I got a call yesterday from my son's principal telling me that my son had the opportunity of being placed in the district's first Behavior Disorder program. It is a self contained classroom with 7 children in 1st-3rd grades.It will be held at a regular school in our district, he will go to lunch and recess with the "normal" kids. There is 1 teacher and 2 para-professionals. The principal is selling this like it is the best thing ever but I am skeptical. My son has adhd/odd, depression and anxiety. He is fairly recently diagnosed (his behavior is not quite stable, yet). I do concurr with the school that he has had a very bad year. He is being retained to do 1st grade again. I am worried that my son will not get the opportunity to be around peers that are typical kids, that he is being kept away from the other kids, that he isn't going to be mainstreamed. He is such a "monkey see-monkey do" type kid, I'm afraid he will be more anti-social, defiant if around more kids just like or worse than him. On the other hand, an almost 1:2 ratio of adult to child will be a blessing, as will a much smaller classroom where the girl twirling her hair 3 rows away won't bother him while he was already bothered by 22 other kids doing their thing. Your thoughts?