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Changing Class Mid-Term was a Great Move for my Autistic Daughter

Changing Class Mid-Term was a Great Move for my Autistic Daughter

The last twelve months have been fantastic for Eliza.

She’s always enjoyed school and works hard to meet her targets.

This time last year I received a call from her school telling me that she’d pretty much out grown her class at that time, academically, and that she needed to move up a class.

I was so thrilled but also sad to lose the staff she’d be leaving behind as they are all incredible people, but we’ve gained another set of incredible people and we still see the others at school events.

It’s not common practice to move a child up in the middle of the academic year as it can be very disruptive and confusing, but it was necessary as it was unfair to keep her in a class that no longer suited her educational needs.

The risk of her becoming bored, frustrated and losing interest in learning was not one any of us were wanting to take by leaving her where she was.

She settled well and has continued to thrive, taking on the next level of work and enjoying the challenges it provides.

We are lucky that her school is amazing with the support, advice and encouragement they give to their students and that they acknowledge, that doing what is right for the child should always be a high priority.

Not bad for a child that, at two years of age, was written off by a Pediatrician saying that she’d “Pretty much be nothing, don’t expect much from her”.

How wrong he was.

Not long after moving class, Eliza had the opportunity to learn a brass horn instrument and take place in a concert at school.

She’d never really been interested in playing anything before although she has always loved listening to songs and singing along.

Eliza picks up on rhythm quite quickly which is extremely handy when learning to play an instrument.

It was such a wonderful morning, watching her play and she was full of confidence.

She didn’t get much sound out, she’d only had 8 weeks to learn compared to the others and it’s a hard instrument to play, but she was correct on every musical note regarding position of fingers.

She’s also enjoyed learning the piano and even asked for one for Christmas so I found a keyboard that fits her desk and has a stand for her iPad where she accesses the music sheets from.

(So yes, we now get 3am piano playing in her room when she can’t sleep although she does keep the volume down and it actually relaxes her, so she ends up going back to bed).

It became evident quite quickly that she can read music easily.

It was no surprise to me, she loves patterns and structure and I envy her brilliant mind in how she finds certain things so easy to learn.

Next month she turns ten. Double figures. Wow!

Eliza never stops trying to learn and, despite anxiety, she continues to push her own comfort zones to find confidence and experience the world as much as she can to prepare her for what I’m sure will be an amazing future.

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Julie Clarke

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I live in the East Midlands, UK and I'm mum to Eliza, 9 (Autism & Anxiety) and Noah, 4 (NT). Running a blog and Facebook page has helped me create an amazing support network as well as raising autism awareness and acceptance and we've made some great friends too.

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