Board jinx be darned!! My beloved son has made phase 3, which translates to (deep breath) he is now going to be allowed to go out into the community on his *own*, no supervision, in gradually increasing increments. I expect my own anxiety attack to hit any minute now, LOL, but... oh my gosh, is this not the most age-appropriate thing thank you has ever done????? He had to campaign for this, meet levels on unit, get his act together at school, get signatures, etc., etc. And he did it. My son set a goal, did what he was supposed to do, and now is reaping the rewards. That's the second time in a year. Who is this kid and what have they done with my son???? We had a wonderful home visit last weekend - that underlying coiled-spring/anxiety/engine revving just under the surface thing was completely and totally absent. Don't know why, don't care. He did tell me he was *teaching* some classes in math at school. Math? You mean the class that has been triggering you for the last 10 years? You mean the subject that you have fought tooth and nail for*ever*?? Ummm, Ok thank you, forgive my skepticism, but I want to see it in writing. They read it to me today in the staffing. I'm excited for where he is today. He may crash tomorrow, especially with- all the praise heaped on him at staffing today (though I did re-emphasize to him that what *we* think means diddly, he needs to remember and focus on how his quality of life has improved so dramatically because of *his* choices) but for today I'm darn near giddy for my boy's progress. Egads.... it's been a heckuva road, you know? Maybe, just maybe, he's going to be okay. Next up - transition to group home, hopefully this summer. YEAH thank you!!!!