difficult child 2 is a bright kid. But despite a high IQ, I'm seeing some serious (in my mind anyway) deficits in his language skills, specifically writing. I don't know if this is a symptom of the bipolar disorder, the medications, the ADHD, or if it's just unique to him (although his dad has similar challenges when it comes to written and even oral expression). He has a writing assignment where he is arguing his point in favor of or against a particular proposition. He has numerous reference errors, grammatical errors, and sentence fragments. He uses cliches inappropriately and out of context. I feel like he's either regressed or missed a huge chunk of teaching, and I think he needs to go back to square one with English. He starts high school in the fall, and although he's in an honors language arts class now, I don't think that will be appropriate for him next year. He may grasp the concepts and thematic issues, but he just does not have a solid foundation for expressing himself on paper. Should I get a tutor now? Enroll him in summer school? Is there some specific type of testing I should request? He has an IEP, but it's mostly for social and critical/organziational skills. Perhaps we need to add some teeth to the IEP to specifically address some of these deficits. Comments? Suggestions?