It amazes me how dependent difficult child is for the type of child he is. I wouldn't expect someone who throws around such verbal abuse along with all of his other behavior to be this dependent. He wants someone with him all of the time! He prefers husband but if not him then me. It starts in the morning with him wanting someone to get up with him no matter how early it is. All day long he wants someone to do something with him,. I do get that he gets lonely because he doesn't have friends, but whatever he is doing he wants someone to do it with him whether it's watching tv or playing Wii, etc... He needs someone to tuck him in every night which is fine because right now he lets husband read to him and sometimes me. However, he wants to be covered up in a specific way and if he wakes up in the middle of the night for whatever reason he comes in our room and asks husband to cover him back up. We are trying to foster independence and the "life coach" we have working with him is as well. Does anyone else have a difficult child who is around this age (13) and still so dependent (I do realize he is functioning at a much younger level but this still seems excessive).