Well, my son officially has schizoaffective disorder and is spiraling quite quickly. Going to try going up on his atypical antipsychotic and see if that helps. Also he's been approved for SSDI, first time through, without his regular psychiatrist's report even. how often does THAT happen? So next step is to fill out paperwork for a state grant that will hopefully help with resources like community based help, and if necessary a therapeutic treatment facility. In the mean time, he just graduated junior high. Barely but I think they passed him partly to not have to deal with him anymore. The high school is one big chaotic mess. 5 buildings. 2000 students. They once again want to try him in some regular classes. BAD idea. They also want to put him in welding. HELL NO! OMG his therapist about went thought the roof at that. Give that kid fire? *sigh*. He is honestly to the point that he NEEDS a 1-1 aide at all times. NO regular classes without that. no homework. Special Education bus to and from. and absolutely NEVER unsupervised. I can't even leave him alone in his room when he wakes up in the morning without him destroying something. Problem is that this school district doesn't see him as this much of an issue. They see that he's disrespectful, insubordinate, lazy, troublesome. They've also laid off almost ALL paras. He also has a habit of making everyone (particularly adults, teachers, etc.) despise having to be around him. Pretty sure high school teachers will be even less tolerant than JR high teachers. And a para having to deal with him all day every day...I give it a month before the para gets antagonistic with him because he's just that much of a pain to deal with. Unfortunately there is no alternative school here. Homeschooling isn't an option either. So I need someone to go to an IEP meeting with me that the school will listen to. Unfortunately it has to be someone free at this point. I never realized sped advocates charged. heh. Ideas anyone? I'm in west central IL.