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Every child enrolled in school must face the difficulty of passing tests, but for Ben Twist, that difficulty was multiplied by his autism.

So, when the 11-year-old didn’t get the grade that he was hoping for, his assistant headteacher Ruth Clarkson went out of her way to remind him that test scores aren’t everything.

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Ben’s mother, Gail Twist, received a letter from Clarkson at their English home in Merseyside, the contents of which moved her to tears.


After Gail shared a photo of the letter on Twitter, positive reinforcement and praise for the teacher’s wisdom poured in.

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She says that since Ben struggles with social, sensory, and communicative issues, just taking the exams was a huge achievement – and having the world acknowledge that meant even more.

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