It's IEP season in the Hobbes' household, and I'm making my list and checking it twice. DS is 6, first grade, ASD/ADHD/Anxiety. DS's school is an "ASD site" so there are probably 20 kids with ASD in the entire school. Every two months they get to go on a field trip. Sometimes it's elaborate, to the zoo, other times it is small, like to a local book store. Once they went to Target and were given $2 to spend, and practiced math and social skills accordingly. I recently chaperoned a trip to a bowling alley- it was pretty chaotic and no "social skills" lessons were happening. DS relishes the opportunity to get out of school for three hours. It also happened to take place during his weekly spelling test, so for him, it was a double-bonus. (He did make up the test, but it was during his resource room time, so it was administered by an aide). I emailed his mainstream teacher and asked her if she thought it was too disruptive to have DS pulled for three hours every other month. She replied that it is worth considering and she'd think about it prior to our IEP meeting. On one hand, DS really doesn't like school, and this is a bright spot for him to look forward to every two months. On the other hand, if our goal is 100% mainstream, why stigmatize him by pulling him from class? Maybe this is something I can save for 4th/5th grade? If he knows he's not allowed to go and the other kids are, he'll have a fit. Thoughts?