After school we met with difficult child's case manager, principal, and the school psychiatric. They are very concerned with difficult child right now. His behavior has been less than stellar this past month. We have received emails almost every day about various behaviors. difficult child is having a really difficult time holding it together in the afternoons. It can take him 20-30 minutes to settle into a class. When he isn't exhibiting manic like behaviors in the afternoons then he is sleeping-yesterday he slept an hour and 45 minutes. He is also doing some bullying and some threatening. His standard is, "I'm going to punch you." He does that at home too. For him it is just a standard response (most of the time it is just blowing off steam but with difficult child you just never know. They also are very concerned because academically he just isn't progressing. His reading is still so low as is his math. We are going to put him on an waiting list at an alternative program within our sd. He would attend his current school in the mornings and then be bused to the alternative school. The numbers there are very low. I'm not sure how low but I think there are many adults and not a lot of students. I think difficult child will be very upset at first but I do think that this is what he needs. I hope it is something that can actually help him. I also asked what they see for difficult child when he enters high school. They are thinking he will not be able to handle regular classes and will need vocational help. They wouldn't be surprised if he stays til he is 21. I love the staff we met with today; along with all the bad they are sure to tell all the good as well. Feeling a bit down tonight even though none of this is all that surprising-I think more than anything is thinking of difficult child being in school til he is 21. He struggles at so much in so many ways that sometimes I get to wishing just something could go his way, be a strength. The reality is he has a ton of positives; just wish some things could come easily for him.