Well, my son's English teacher has finally met the true difficult child, along with the resource and guidance. The four of them have been stopped short by his total and complete refusal to pick a book to read to do a synopsis on. She said she has never had a student stand there and just say no the way he has. So she calls me and relates this, and the tone of her voice is hopeful that I may be able to do something about it. In my head I'm thinking, yeah and so? but outwardly I explain that English has always been this way, and that I was writing a letter with this personal plan returned requesting they complete the educational testing from grade 6, or retest, because this Language/reading component was missed the last time. I guess I should have pushed them to do it then, but he improved so much it didn't seem important. Now in grade 9 he's struggling and it's all too much for him. I'm sure there's something up with him in this area, but what I don't know. He can read well, he understands what he reads, but he simply cannot explain to anyone else what it's about, or answer questions about the story. He did a short story assignment last night that I literally had to read the story and talk him through 5 questions. He has claimed his entire life that he has no imagination, and I believe him. He could probably cite passages from the story, and understand what it says, but then to extrapolate meaning (eg what "lesson" did a character learn) and descriptions from that passage are totally beyond him. This sometimes spills over into Social Studies type homework as well - eg what effects might building the Great Pyramid have had on society - he just can't think beyond what he's read. I know this is part of his Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) diagnosis, he's very literal in the answers he does give. They are suggesting he drop French for Resource room to get help with this, but he likes French and does well in it (go figure) so I don't think he'll agree, plus will Resource really help if his brain just won't work that way. Dropping French will not make him happy, which will make him more school resistant again. I don't know really what I'm asking. Perhaps parents of other Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)/Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) kids, do you have any hints on how I can help him with this homework, or even any insights on how your kids deal with this kind of thing, and what you did/do.