Grandson Alex, soon to be 8 in June, was "diagnosed" mentally retarded by the school district. K says they evaled him and this was their conclusion. She is working on getting him a neuro-psychiatric evaluation as even when he was here as a baby/toddler I suspected autism.....and she is totally in agreement due to current behaviors. And I figure neuropsychologist will catch any other learning disabilities he has. Some of this is my own curiosity, some is due to the fact she's going to try for disability for him for both services and the much needed extra income. My question is......would social security deem a "diagnosis" via school system as a true diagnosis? There is little doubt the boy has severe learning issues. He is in the 1st grade for the second time after repeating kindergarden. (should be in at least 2nd grade, poss 3rd grade) He's in Special Education. Has an IEP. But still can't read, add, subtract. He just learned to say his alphabet at xmas. So obviously there is a delay going on. I don't think he counts either. Now this child has so totally stolen my heart it's unreal. (hard to discribe, but very much due to being "special") But when I talk to Alex on the phone or when he sends me school work or drawings via mail.........I do not think of an almost 8 yr old child, I think of one younger than Darrin who is 5 yrs old. My Mom instincts based on what I knew when he lived here up to 18 mos, and experience with Travis, plus history makes me think he is very very much like his uncle Travis only in a more severe form. I wouldn't be surprised if he's Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Tourette's Syndrome,Sensory Integration Disorder (SID), CP with a few others added in. The cerebral palsy stems from K dropping him repeatedly as an infant (newborn/up). We saw evidence of this during his infancy and I even made an attempt then to have it diagnosed. So, do you think she'll have to wait until the neuropsychologist evaluation to have any hope of the SSDI? I was hoping it would be a way to get him more services as the school isn't doing much except the Special Education.