Hi all, I've been browsing for a while but joined today. I need some suggestions on what to do with school stuff. Back story: My son is 6 and was diagnosed last year with ADHD, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)-not otherwise specified, ODD, and depressive tendancies by a neuro-psychiatric. He was in private language therapy and doing ok, still having a lot of behavioral problems at home but has only done speech therapy so far. So, unfortunately my school district has really been slow to get this ARD process into motion and here we are at the end of the year with nothing to show for it. At the ARD they said they would do a full autism evaluation, I just got the results of that and they do not think he's on the spectrum. I completely disagree (but that's besides the point), BUT they're saying he won't qualify for a program the have for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) kids (where they do speech and social skills as a group) because of that. Now my understanding is that they can not NOT give him services based on a diagnosis, is this correct? So they can't say "he doesn't have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD); he can't go" Right? Also, we've already had an individual evaluation done, but I'm willing to do another, provided it can be done over the summer and we can meet again prior to the next school year beginning. The biggest problem I have is that he is a complete MESS at home, angry, emotional, crying, meltdowns DAILY. Morning and evening. But at school they're not seeing any of this. She says she sees depression and anxiety but none of the other symptoms that I see at home, therefore its not an educational need to provide anything else. She does see social skills concerns but thinks that the teacher's accomodations are sufficient. I don't think they're completely sufficient but we've been truely blessed to have a teacher who is a parent to a child with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) so she "gets" it. I'm just at my wits end. I have private health insurance and it doesn't cover any Autism treatments. The places that offer ABA are $100+ an hour and they want to do 4 hrs a week....I don't have $400 extra bucks laying around, you know? I have hired an advocate and meet with her next week to talk about the follow up meeting (where they'll review the results and tell me he's getting nothing) but I just really feel like I need some guidance. Is the advocate even worth my time? If he's not having behavioral or academic problems AT school, what good will the advocate do?