First of all, let me say hello to everyone!. Long time no see so to speak. Life is busy, crazy but not too bad really. V is still on the spectrum but doing fine, Partner occasionally losing patience with V and Sweet Pea currently being seen and tested for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). 'The university program is giving tons of tools to apply at home. The reason of my "visit" today: how do you build a good school program for a child like V? His strength: motivated, eager to learn, well behaved, respect rules and people, well integrated in his class, teacher enjoys having him. His weakness: well below grade level in Reading and writing, minimal progress toward academic goals. He had been in private tutoring all summer and still goes on Saturday for 1 hour. It apparently is not really helping as the gap got definitely bigger since last year's school report. I am not surprise at all. I knew that it was the direction V was going. Now, let's be practical. V is a slow learner, he does learn just VERY slowly and has a normal IQ. He currently has an IEP and he gets 2x 30 minutes help in reading and writing every week by a Special Education teacher. It is clearly not enough. How do you design a plan that boost his learning and how can he be in mainstream class without eventually feeling like a failure? Right now, his self esteem is good. We are talking about a long project here. He will likely have great difficulties for the rest of his school career. Can public school really design a program for a child like V? I plan on talking with his teacher and then calling an IEP meeting once we have all the test results (we are still waiting on a few results from last May tests... sigh). But right now, even if they were to add speech and Occupational Therapist (OT) (which seems like a long shot at this point) I really doubt it would changes his learning... Private schools are so expensive at around $18,000/year, plus the hassle of having to move. Have any of you been successful at working with public school in order to have a well design plan that helped your slow learner. Sure, I know they will suggest repeating a grade eventually, but how many grades is V going to have to repeat?? V learns slowly... we are not going to keep in school until he is 30!