Being a parent of a child with autism it’s definitely not an easy task. There’s necessary an emotional wall from you as a mother in order to protect him from outside world. A kid who’s struggling with autism is also struggle a lot of difficulties. And the grades at school might be one of this. Ben Twist, a 11-year-old boy with autism learned this in the hard way.
Still, Ben’s mom, Gail Twist was truly surprised when one of his son’s teacher sent her a letter. All, after Ben failed his tests. Instead of letting her know that her son should work harder to pass the tests, as she was expected, the content was nearly the opposite.
Despite failing the tests, Ben received a boost of confidence from one of his teachers. Mrs. Clarkson is a teacher at the Lansbury Bridge School and Sports College, in St. Helens, Merseyside. A school for children with special needs.
So, Mrs. Clarkson decided to sent home a touching letter who put tears on Ben’s mother eyes. Here’s the letter:
I am writing you to congratulate you on your attitude and success in completing your end of key stage SATs.
Gil, Lynn, Angela, Steph and Anne have worked so well with you this year and you have made some fabulous progress.
I have written to you and your parents to tell you the results of the tests.
A very important piece of information I want you to understand is that these tests only measure a little bit of you and your abilities. They are important and you have done so well, but Ben Twist is made up of many other skills and talents that we at Lansbury Bridge see and measure in other ways.
Other talents you have that these tests do not measure include: -Your artistic talents, your ability to work in a team, your growing independence, your kindness, your ability to express your opinion, your abilities in sports, your ability to make and keep friends, your ability to discuss and evaluate your own progress, your design and building talents, and your musical ability.
We are so pleased that all of these different talents and abilities make you the special person you are and these are all of the things we measure to reassure us that you are always making progress and continuing to develop as a lovely, bright young man.
Well done Ben, we are very proud of you.
We simply need, not just teachers, but people like Mrs. Clarkson, in this world! People who won’t let you down, no mater what!