Autistic Boy Fails Exams, Receives Heartwarming Letter from Teacher

A lot of parents expect a certain grade threshold for their children, with many going angry if their kids have grades below this threshold – and definitely when the child has failing marks!

What many parents (and teachers!) fail to realize is that children are different, and they have unique capabilities and talents. This means that while there are children who are academically smarter than others, there are also those who are better in other things, such as art or sports.

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Then, there are children with learning challenges, such as those with autism. Ben Twist, 11, is one of those kids with autism who has a problem learning at the same pace as the other kids his age.

His mom, Gail, has long gotten used to receiving letters from teachers about Ben’s failing marks and need for additional help in getting his school requirements and lessons done.

Recently, the kid failed his SAT tests at Lansbury Bridge School and Sports College, in St. Helens, Merseyside, North West England. His teacher sent him home with a letter – and Mommy Gail had come to expect this as an announcement of the failure and note to improve in his studies.

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When they opened the letter, however, they were surprised to see that it was the opposite of what they had expected! While the letter explained that Ben failed his SAT test, Ben’s teacher Mrs. Clarkson highlighted the boy’s other abilities.

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,” the letter read.

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.

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What an encouraging letter! If only all schools were like this one…