I just started my job a few weeks ago and today my boss (who is a sweetheart) came to me very flustered and said that the school scanned and emailed her a picture that her step son drew at school today. It is a picture very much resembling the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. She said it has a skeleton and then on the other corner has someone with some sort of sharp object. Her difficult child is 7 and in 2nd grade by the way. She said the counselor told her she should not be letting him watch those kinds of movies (they saw it last year). My boss said that is her kid, she can let him watch what she wants. Her big frustration is that they have taken him to a bunch of docs/ psychiatrists/ neurologists, etc and they are saying there is nothing wrong with him. She said the school psychologist says that since they can't find anything definite they want to label him with aspargers (sp?)..just so that he can start getting spec. services. My boss doesn't want to do that and I don't really blame her. But he is struggling alot with- school and she wants him to rec'v special services and have an IEP. So her question to me today was, "does he have to be labeled with something to get services and an IEP". I told her that was my understanding. Here they call it an "exceptionality" I believe. I really don't know where to tell her to proceed from here...but they are getting to the end of their rope with his behavior and the school over reacting. I told her unfortunately when the school sees a drawing like that, they think he may be the next VA tech shooter..when we may just see it as him being creative or drawing an image he saw in a movie. Any advice for what I can tell her or suggest?