I work as a one to one LSA with a year 2 BESD statemented child. His mother has a history of mental illness and she had post natal depression for two years after his birth. He has no contact or awareness of his father. He has an extremely low frustration threashold and will have meltdowns when he is asked to do something he doesn't want to do (usually writing based tasks) These meltdowns display themselves by growling, shouting, running out of class, tipping over chairs, throwing pencils and occasionally hitting/kicking/spitting/biting myself or other staff. A behaviour support woman came in to observe him today and she asked if he had been diagnosed with anything, which he hasn't. She told me she felt that he was simply spoiled, that his mother has given in to him so often that that is what he now expects, and classroom rules and regulations are a problem for someone who expects everything they're own way. Whilst I think that an element of this may be true, I also think that he hasn't developed his coping skills as well as most children of his age and it is my job to try and teach those skills to him. Unfortunately his mother is reluctant to accept the help the same department are offering, although she has to deal with his meltdowns at home too. Is it a common 'diagnosis' for someone from a specialist department to simply say that a child with BESD is just a spoiled brat?