Hi all. I need some help in guiding a young mother with a 6 year old dxd ODD and mood disorder. They tried risperdal and it worked at a low dose, but the effectiveness wore off and when dose was increased it did nothing. They also used anti depressants (I know) which if anything caused an escalation of behaviors (ya think? lol) At this time he's not on any medications. The problem we're dealing with is the school. Hmmmm probably should have posted this in Special Education 101, move it if necessary. Anyway, he is in a program staffed at a ratio of 3 staff to 7 students. They can't handle him. They set him off and then send him home. They are looking at a manifestation hearing if they keep this up. He is extremely intelligent, reads at a 4th grade level and does math at 3rd. He's all of 40 pounds and manipulates adults. I am trying to help her get a better IEP to teach the school how to deal with him. Any ideas?