Hi all! I really just need some help so that I may help my very best girlfriend. She is a single mom and stay-at-home mom of two (4 yr old daughter, 6 1/2 year old son). Her son was diagnosed with PDD two years ago. She started him in speech and occupational therapy then. He continues therapy but he is having a really hard time at school and my friend is having a really hard time dealing with it all. Her divorce was just final in April of this year, and her ex is basically a dead beat dad. My friend is being called almost daily to the school because her son is having break downs. She is hoping that this is the storm before the calm... Her son is in 1st grade and did pretty good last year in kindergarten. Just wondering what I can do to help her. Her son is at a stage right now where he just breaks down and screams and hits and pulls hunks or her hair out :( It is disturbing when we are out in public and he has a break down. I just don't know what to do to help?! Also, my (soon to be 4 year old son) picks up easily on behaviors. He starts to act alot like my friends son when he spends time with them. I don't want to stop him from being around my friends son but how do I nip the behavior he displays in the bum when he sees another child basically get away with it? I try to be as supportive as I can but it's sometimes very hard for me to keep my thoughts to myself even though I have no idea how I would deal with such a situation. Any ideas or helpful advice? Thank you all!