It's been a really long time since I've visited here. WOW HOW all this has grown!!! I can tell you this was my port in many a storms.. recently my difficult child behavior has become severe and I thought of this site! Right now(!) I really need to get this under controll and I'm at a loss.. my behavoral approaches are not working any more.. or possibly I need to refresh on the techniques. I feel myself loosing my ability to remain calm .. I guess I need to vent to a group that 'gets it'. .. a bit about us... I am a single mom (AKA.. severly underemployed, barely making it, burning the candle at both endes) to a typically well adjusted autistic 8 YO daughter. Till about 6MO ago she has responded really great to a restricted diet and controll of her many medical challenges (thyroid, medabolic, immunology, food and enviromental allergies and so on.. ) Keeping these things under controll has kept her autistic tendencies at a minimum... she is mainstreamed in a magnet school where she has scored at 99.9% for her age. She was the social butterfly where she is always in trouble for being the overly talkative popular one in class... every autistic mom's dream LOL!! All her doctors warned me as she grows NO BODY KNOWS how her hormones etc are going to reak havoc on her current regimine. Well I think I'm beginning to get a slight taste of it now. To make it even more of a challenge, combine that with the fact her dad that doesn't think there is anything wrong with her.. and has basically abandon her.. I've got my hands full right now. The most successful method I 've used was the basket method... OBVIOUSLY i'm either not using it correctly any more or she has out grown it. What are some of the recommendations for an 8YO.. by the way I am trying to get her in to see a therapist but her dad is fighting me on it... again he says there is nothing wrong with her. I have filed an emergency motion since she has started hitting me and is defiant and will not take her medications etc but I still need to deal in the meanwhile.. HELP.. PLEASE... I need to keep her healthy and me off the edge... I havn't felt like I was going to simply loose it in a REALLY long time but I'm there again .. I'm so glad this site is still here... if anything thanks for letting me vent.