What Would You Do? I believe "Sam" suffers from undiagnosed autism, emotional disturbance and the effects of physical and mental abuse. His Dad is CRAZY and we had to get a restraining order and call the police to make Dad stop coming to the school because he was threatening the child (i had to call CPS on him when he smacked the child hard enough to knock him to the floor in my classroom), cursing and just acting a fool. Sam is not in my homeroom, but he used to come to me for reading class. He was a bit "off" and the other kids noticed and kind of alienated him because he doesn't know how to socialize. He seemed to do well in my class at first, but toward the end, I guess as stuff went from bad to worse at home, he started distancing himself from me and I had to send him out my room a couple times because he was disturbing others during whole group. I just found out that Sam is going to be staying back this year and his mother has requested me as his teacher. :unsure: His current teacher is strict and doesn't have the same kind of patience as I have for his odd behaviors (ie: he talks to his fingers, once he said he was hearing voices, he has antisocial tendancies, he stammers when he talks to adults, he cannot relate to other kids, he hates being touched, he struggles to follow directions and has a lot of trouble understanding social cues to name a few) I like Sam and I think I can relate to him better than most because I grew up with an autistic cousin, BUT I feel a bit leery having him in my class. I don't know if I can handle him ALL day rather than just for an hour during reading. He has been recommended for special education, but it's a loooooooooooooooong process and due to some other issues, he probably won't be tested and the process completed until maybe February 2012. And even if he does test into Special Ed, he'd just leave my room for about 45 minutes a day for small group with the SpEd teacher, then return. Any advice on how to deal with him? The other teacher mostly yells at him and complains about him to other teachers in front of him. At first I was disgusted and like, "Ugh, she is so mean!" but now, I'm wondering if she started out kind with good intentions like me and he wore her down over the year.