ive been legal guardian to my maternal niece for 3 1/2 years, and in many ways she's a wonderful blessing. But over time we've dealt with many issues most at first we thought were from her previous environment (conceived on a coctail of drugs but born drug free and healthy, constant moving home to home, parents drug and alchohol addicts, no utilities, waking finding no adults in home, no utilities, etc). One day her mom said "here you can have her" and I ran with it, got her to tell it to a judge and moms out of the picture since. She's failing school but in third grade, she should have failed 1st and 2nd grade but the teachers said it would hurt her self esteem. I requested an IEP spring of 2nd grade and she was denied because her IQ is 128 but yet she's failing everything related to reading, writing, handwriting, spelling, and math, but makes great grades in science and art. She takes part in ESS both fall and spring a, has an assistant in class just to keep her on task, and has a limited spelling test of five words instead of 18 like the rest of the class. Her testing showed moderate to severe inattentive type adhd. We've since taken her to her dr who has put her on adderrol almost one year ago and although I see amazing differences in her ability to stay on task her grades are still failing. She does not remember something she learned ten minutes earlier. When she first came to live with us she had severe issues with abandonment but now she's very secure and a very happy child. But she does bizzarre age inappropriate things like gluing things to her mini blinds, using entire bottles of shampoo in one bath, using entire rolls of toilet paper just to pee, hoards cardboard, hoards and hides food for no reason, takes markers and draws on her TV, bed, walls, etc. And spends an hour in the bathroom just to pee. I'm frustrated because school won't acknowledge she needs an IEP and I'm frustrated because at home she does such age inappropriate things when most of the time she seems quite age appropriate socially, emotionally, and mentally. Any comments would be appreciated.