Well, just when I thought it was safe to stop holding my breath... difficult child 2 came home early Friday feeling kinda icky -- stomach ache he said. Said he felt icky when he got up, too. Apparently (I learned from his teacher this morning) at the end of morning recess that day, he decided to tap another kid in the head several times with the eraser end of his pencil. Totally unprovoked. He just got a wild hair/hare and impulsively did it. Since he left school early Friday, the principal didn't get a chance to "chat" with him about it. His teacher gave him a demerit (whoop-dee-doo). Today the assistant principal met with him. difficult child 2 apologized to the other student and was very honest about what happened. The AP decided that from now on (at least, this is according to difficult child) he would help out in the library during lunch recess, and at morning recess, he would help out in one of the lower grade classrooms (reading to kids, etc.) He still gets to eat and have his snack, but it sounds like he's not going to have regular recess with his peers anymore. I've got to get the low down from the school tomorrow. I guess I have mixed feelings about this right now. I can see how these jobs would have a positive impact on difficult child. I can see that he has had nothing but problems with his peers at recess and feels very alienated (mainly because of his behaviors). Maybe they're thinking that if he has some successes socially with younger kids, he will eventually learn the right way to interact with kids his own age. It's really tough. Right now, he's really down on school and has told the school psychiatric he hates school, he's bored with school, nobody likes him there, and he just doesn't like being there anymore. Meanwhile, we've applied to transfer him to the GATE magnet school for his last elementary year in hopes that he'll fit in a little better with those kids. Hopefully they'll have a spot for him in the Fall. I'm SO glad he'll have his IEP done by the end of the year!