I'm a little anxious, but excited about today's meeting. The middle school counselor sounded very enthusiastic and supportive when I asked for this meeting. She volunteered to have the school psychiatric attend and is going to ask prospective teachers to stop in to say hello to difficult child 2 as well. We'll be discussing his background, support needs for next year, which classes he should have, etc. He is REALLY looking forward to going to a new school with new faces. The kids at his elementary school STILL exclude and avoid him during recess activities, even though his behavior is improving. And the school just isn't doing much about the subtle stuff. How can they? It's hard to shake the attitudes that these kids have developed after seven years with difficult child 2 and all his behavior issues. But now that he's having some emotional clarity, I think it hurts him more than ever before. That's the only downside to his stability. At least when he was hypomanic he seemed oblivious to the social crap. Anyway, with middle school around the corner, I have a feeling he's going to start feeling better about things. And if this school admin is as open about accepting him as they seem to be, we may be able to find better ways of helping him socially.