Finally getting somewhere....(ETA in red)
I made a post awhile back about having behavioral issues with my 11 year old son that are causing him to fail at school. He's disrespectful and defiant to his teachers, nitpicking at anything he can. He deflects blame, has poor coping skills, and has developed an issue with talking back. He is in a new school (from elementary to the middle school, which is a big change). I had made an appointment with his pediatrician to discuss what options were available, because I just didn't know what to do, and he pretty much brushed me off, saying that I know more about the resources in the area than he does. It was such a waste of an appointment.
ETA: My son is currently under a 504 accomodation plan, but after parent/teacher conference, I requested a meeting to discuss the appropriateness of him going back under an IEP. I also got a call back from the Autism Center in a nearby town. He's going to start a once a week social skills program (focuses around group activities) in January, and while he's in that, he will be observed by their behavioral specialists, and will eventually receive one on one counseling.
It's such a relief to have a direction to go to. I was at such a loss because he did so well last school year, and even made honor roll. To go from that to all this attitude and failing grades was really getting to me. I feel like a huge weight has been taken off of my shoulders.
I finally got the call from the school, and have a meeting on Thursday to discuss him going back under an IEP. I also contacted the local ARC program (Autism Resource Center), to see about him going to their Extended Day program. I think he needs something more intensive than just a once a week social skills program. The problem is that they don't take health insurance, so I need to get the school to pay for it, which I can't do until he's under an IEP.