Hi. My name is Lillyth, and I just joined the boards after a friend of mine pointed out the obvious -- I need other parents who understand what I am going through. My son is eight years old & his name is Adam. He has been Dxd ADD (Temporal Lobe & Ring of Fire Types), Asperger's Syndrome, Tourette's, & Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. He was abused by a caregiver for three years, and witnessed (as a small infant) domestic violence between my ex-husband and I. We had him on Geodon for about six weeks, then took him off, as we are basically opposed to medication. Then last Friday, he choked a little girl at the park when she took his ball, and screamed at the girl's father when he tried to protect his daughter. After that, we decided to put him back on the Geodon, AND up the dosage. We will be upping it to two pills tomorrow. We'll see how that goes. We have grounded him from all parks & television for a month, and taken him out of martial arts for two months. Our school has a carnival coming up this weekend, and we told him no carnival too. I spoke to another parent (one of the few who is understanding) and his thought on the carnival is that we should take him for about an hour, and make him promise to be on his best behavior (no sugar) because we don't want him feeling too alienated. My friend's fear is that if we isolate him too much, it may have the opposite effect, and drive him further in the wrong direction. He said he needs to know he is still part of the community. So my question is this: What do you all think about the carnival situation? Should we let him go? Why or why not... Oh, and what does "difficult child" stand for?