For the past four weeks, J has been going to a social therapy group lasting an hour on Tuesday afternoons, organised by the local children's psychological/psychiatric service. It consists of three children, all aged 5 or 6, a nurse and a psychologist; I don't know exactly what they do - play, I suppose, accompanied by commentaries from the two adults? One of the children, a boy, is autistic (Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)) and the other, a girl, I have been told has ADHD but she seems only ever very quiet and self-effacing, to the complete opposite of the boys who (today anyway) made a complete ruckus in the waiting room. I don't want to seem negative, and I'm grateful for the offer of help, but I do wonder if it does any good and if so how. I see the adult staff at the centre all being very "firm" and telling J in no uncertain terms that he's not the boss, etc... unfortunately, I know this is not going to change him or have any effect on him. Will playing with other children with social problems help him in any way? He has to come out of school to do it, with the other kids being curious, making remarks about his absence, etc. Anyway, I'm really open to being persuaded. Could this be valuable? What do you think?