We are applying for an IEP for difficult child 2 and the first meeting we have scheduled is for the 30th of this month. I have done my part in filling out all the necessary paperwork, and they are still in the process of administering the tests. My mom, who is a former high school guidance counselor, contacted the school psychiatric yesterday to see how everything is progressing. The school psychiatric told her it looks like difficult child will qualify for a 504 but not an IEP. They are still in the testing process so they are not 100% absolutely sure of this but it looks like that is where we are headed. I am not sure how the school psychiatric can even make such a blanket statement such as this when they still have several more weeks of testing. I don't know what she is basing any of this on since the process isn't even over yet! My mom, who has quite a lot of experience with special needs kids, says that 504 plans basically don't do ****. They do not carry the weight that an IEP does, and many of her former students have fallen through the cracks because the 504 plan was not enforced. I thought his poor grades, inability to focus, and very poor social skills would qualify him for sure. difficult child 1 easily qualified and she, in my opinion, is higher functioning than my son. I don't know what is going to happen at the meeting on the 30th, but I am prepared to put up a fight if he does not get his IEP. Truthfully I can't see him being very successful in middle school without one.