Friday was the last day of school and the start of the Summer holidays. My son arrived home from school with a DVD which he proudly presented to us. We looked at the box to see it was a DVD starring him that he had made in school. The DVD will be shown to the children who are starting Secondary School next year so they have an idea of the routines of the school as well as an idea how to find their way around.
We made some time after dinner to sit down with my son and watch his DVD. He was the star of the show, he walked around the school with a teacher and showed us round. In the DVD he was eloquent and poised, taking the time to answer the questions thoughtfully. His sense of humour shone through, at one point he even asked the teacher if he had his beautiful face on. It was a definite proud parent moment.
It was all the more poignant as my son has special needs, he has autism and ADHD. It is not something I mention often as to me he is just my son. It is part of what makes him unique and special. We made the decision to take him out of main stream school when he was half way though primary school. It was not an easy decision to make, in fact we agonised over if we were doing the best thing for him. In hind sight it was one of the best things we could have done. As soon as he attended his new primary school he started to blossom and it really brought him out of his shell.
We faced the same decision when he moved to Secondary School, we had to decide which school we thought would be the best for him. We sent him to the one we thought would suit him. Watching him on that DVD it is hard to believe it is the same boy. He is confident, he is happy and he is able to express himself. The DVD really underlined his progress and it will be a great help to other children who start the school in September. It is a DVD that we will treasure for many years to come. He is a real star.