Report The "I need to vent" thread in Banter Posted May 6, 2010 He was officially diagnosed last year (by our medical provider, NOT the school district) and the district has been really slow on 1) admitting that autism is the cause of his emotional disturbance (which is how the district has chosen to classify him) and 2) moving him into a more restrictive (and structured) educational environment, which is something that he is sorely in need of. Now, he HAD been in a more restrictive Special Ed class from 2nd through 7th grades, in 8th he had an aide that stayed with him in class, but when he went to High School (when all the really serious issues started) he had NOTHING and BAM!!! Freak outs, meltdowns, fights (someone grabbed him and, since he does not like to be touhced) and assorted social interaction issues, it has just been one thing after another. The district basically stonewalled on the autism thing until one Special Ed school (for emotionally disturbed kids) interviewed us, took one look at him, and said "While we can certainly help with the agitation and depression, we cannot help with is autism symptoms..." They also told the school district and THEN it was, "Oh, you since he has AUTIMSM we need to... blah blah fucking blah." Yeah, nice that it took six frakking months to catch up here. California.