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.
Ben’s mother, Gail Twist, received a letter from Clarkson at their English home in Merseyside, the contents of which moved her to tears.
In tears. A letter to my 11 yr old autistic son from his school. "These tests only measure a little bit of you" pic.twitter.com/e9OPECidxX— Gail Twist (@gailtwist) July 9, 2016
After Gail shared a photo of the letter on Twitter, positive reinforcement and praise for the teacher’s wisdom poured in.
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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