Well, my son got no education the last quarter of school this past year but the school district decided he's smart enough to go onto 7th grade anyway. Then, we met to write a new IEP for this coming year and I explained, and took proof, that the psychiatrist now thinks he's bipolar and put him on lithium. The new therapist assured me he could help with this IEP when I asked him for a recommendation of a psychologist or someone who could TELL the school what provisions should be made for a bipolar kid who's just starting trying to find the right medications, etc. So, I pay him to go to the IEP meeting, just for him to tell them he's working with difficult child on behavioral issues. So, I get the IEP mailed to me to review and find the only thing written is #1 he started out well last year then behavior got bad (in so many words), #2 the objectives are for behavior issues to go away by next year, 100% of the time, and #3 the school district will monitor his behavior and report it to therapist and me. We have this custody case hanging over our heads so I don't want to tic off the principal, but this IEP isn't going to cut it. They know I spoke with an attny a few months ago about the school district and I think all they want to do is document everything my difficult child does (ie- monitor and report) and offer no other accommodations to him. His psycholog. report from testing last spring (2006) includes that yes, he's bright, but memory and processing speed ranged from impaired to high average (in 1 day), and that he needs extra positive support. No one thought last year that he was bipolar, although the hospital. had listed it as a rule out. Nevertheless, it now appears to me that the test results support this. Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions about how to approach the principal and let her know that he needs more than someone writing down and reporting everything he does? Also, I've read the Explosive Child and New Hope for Bipolar kids and have a few ideas but was wondering if anyone else had ideas for what to include in an IEP for a kid who sometimes is great and then starts going out in left field, and if he's punished instead of reeled in, look out- a disaster will happen. Thanks!!