about difficult child. Last week it was the camp counselors. Yesterday I took difficult child to the pool with me. We saw one of his teachers (the computer teacher) from his school last year. I happen to have taught with her years ago. Anyways, we were talking and she mentioned a couple of things. She said difficult child was amazing in how he could draw from his life experiences to make connections with the curriculum (she said this wasn't just in computers). She said much more so than many other kids with his issues. Another thing that was also interesting. She said difficult child rattled a few cages in a good way this year. She said there were a few people on the staff that think kids like difficult child who aren't reading when they come in to middle school are never going to read (she wasn't one of them). Well, apparently they were shocked to see difficult child making progress (of course, it's all relative as he is still reading at a first grade level). They realized if difficult child could do it so could other kids. She said this really forced them to get off their butts and work hard to help him and others more. On a social side, she said the girls really enjoy difficult child. Hmm, don't know if that's good or bad! difficult child was funny because he was complaining to my friend that his spec. ed teacher shouldn't follow him to 7th grade (we are so glad she is), he says he doesn't need someone following him. My friend told him yes he did because sometimes he was a knucklehead!-She said it in a nice way and difficult child laughed and then he dropped the subject. Again, it was really nice to hear these things. Like I said wish he was doing better at home. He's driving us all crazy this week!