My 11 year old has Asperger's and has been in mainstream classes since kindergarten. His success has varied over the years. He does pretty well academically (reading and verbal skills are great, math is more of a problem). His classroom behavior is very uneven. Some days he will do all of his work, control his outbursts and be just fine. Other days, he will refuse to do any work, blurt out comments during class and generally complain a lot. Next year, he will be starting the middle school program at his school (it's a K-8 so at least he doesn't have to change schools). I am very concerned that he will have trouble adapting to the routine - switching classes all day, changing clothes for P.E., etc.). His current teacher is also concerned and we have decided that I should ask for a one-on-one aide for next year. I also have agreement from his private psychologist, psychiatrist and the resource teacher at his school. The problem will be convicing the administration to approve an aide for him. I really feel that it will be necessary for him to be successful. Everyone on his IEP team agrees that a special ed class would be far too restrictive for him and that he definitely belongs in the mainstream. However, we all feel that he needs the extra level of support than an aide would provide. I'm looking for experiences from other who have requested one-on-one aides for their kids. Was it hard to convince the administrators? Did you have to resort to legal help? What helped you to be successful? I work for the same school district in the special ed department (classroom aide for preschool). I know the director and I know his history of being very tight with extra services. The parents who moan, complain and threaten lawsuits are the ones whose kids get the extra help. I think it's terrible that it has to be that way and I don't want to become one of those parents, but I really want my son to get what he needs to be successful. I'd appreciate any advice on this subject!!! Thanks!