Hi Twilah, I am very thankful to have come across your articles. My son is 6 & all of my research & reading is done to not only help him, but to help me as well. It’s been a very long road for us. He has been “labeled” ASD & ADHD. The last evaluation we were forced into was requested by the DOE. We live in NY. The Dr told me to consider putting him on medication to help his focus & attention. I’ve fought for over 2 years with schools & teachers who want to put him into a 6 child class. I’ve always felt that alienating him will only teach him to pick up the habits of the other children. I’ve fought to keep him included but the teachers & faculty have no patience for him. He’s verbal, sometimes TOO much so! The new evaluation is a nightmare, I’m afraid to even meet for a new IEP meeting. There’s so much more to this story. I had to ask your thoughts on inclusion & ADHD meds. Should I go with what & where they want me to put my son or keep fighting for him to be accepted? I’m lost in this whole process & to be honest, there isn’t a single person in the NYC system that will help me fight for him. You will have to forgive me if my thoughts are scattered. Maybe it would help if I sent you a email & started from the beginning. Let me know what you think.