Hello- My son is in 8th grade and almost 14 years old. We are about to have our first IEP meeting-he had a 504 plan previously. He has been diagnosed with ADHD since 2nd grade but was diagnosed as Bipolar and ODD last summer. The other diagnoses, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)-not otherwise specified and NonVerbal Learning Disorder (NVLD) were diagnosed while he was at residential treatment. This IEP is kind of bittersweet since I have been asking his school to evaluate him since 6th grade but it wasn't until he had to be sent to residential for 4 months, and came home with all of these disagnoses that they finally stopped pushing back on me. Of course, now he is about to graduate in 2 months and move onto a different school district for high school... Luckily, I have someone coming with me who is much more educated about all of these matters than I am however she is coming mainly from the mental health field. Anyway, we are debating whether to go with an ED or OHI diagnosis. The school psychologist suggests OHI which is fine with me but I am wondering if he will still be able to get a referral to county mental health for wrap around services (California, AB3632/26.5). I don't know if we should be focusing on the Bipolar or the Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). The Bipolar isn't so much of a problem at school but the Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)/NonVerbal Learning Disorder (NVLD) is... I'm thinking maybe of going with the OHI label (hate the label aspect) so that he can get the Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) services through the school district and possibly be placed at the same high school as where his twin sister is going (she is regular ed but they have an autism/aspergers program at the high school school she will be going to). Then do the mental health treatments privately...If we try to get him into a therapeutic day school to treat his bipolar, that will be a ways away, in heavy commute, and I will have kids at three different schools in three different towns. I guess what it is all coming down to is that they won't make a high school placement for him until his IEP is completed (even though all the other kids have been placed). And it sounds like the label means a lot. I just want what will work best for him but also the rest of the family. He is stable now-just normal teenage angst stuff. If you've made it this far, thank you! I am muddled-if you have any thoughts, suggestions they would be greatly appreciated!