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Smart 8yo boy with behavior problems at school. Help!

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A friend of mine is having some trouble with her son regarding school behavior. She's at a loss as to what to do. I told her I would look around online. I need help figuring out what terms to even use when I'm trying to find (google) info. I'm obviously not looking for a diagnosis, just some help as to where to even start.

He goes to an academic based Catholic school, he's in 2nd grade. He's academically advanced, high grades, reading/writing at 4th grade level, eager to get his school and homework done on time. He's one of those kids that gets sorta obsessed with specific things, for example pokemon cards. He can draw and talk about pokemon for hours.

His teachers say he "speaks to adults as if they were his peers", "disrespects authority figures", "wants to discuss everything before he agrees to do it", "disrupts the class with obscure questions" "disrupts the class with loud laughing" etc. He plays ok with the neighborhood kids but has always been the kind of kid that gets along better with adults. He's an only child. His classmates are starting to notice that he's kind of "different" and have stopped inviting him to b-day parties and to play at recess.

Honestly, after reading what I just wrote, it doesn't sound so bad. But it's really affecting him at school, with his teachers and his peers. The school is having meetings and talking about not reaccepting him this fall.

Sorry if this all sounds super confusing. I guess I'm just looking for your opinions and ideas as to what could be going on.

Thanks
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It sounds as though you might get some good advice on the "Parenting the gifted child" board.
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...play.php?f=370
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I've known kids with quirks to be miserable in catholic school and then do better in public school where they are more accostomed to a variety of behaviors and differences.
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Sounds like some Asperger's traits. A social skills group (found through a local Asperger's or Autism support group) could help him learn the social rules and behaviors that he isn't picking up.
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