When Sophie Jackson came home from school and handed her parents her report card, she began to cry. “I’ve let everyone down,” she said. Her dad, Shane Jackson, shared their story on Twitter: “My daughter who has ASD received straight Ds on her report card.”
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We’ve written before that children who have autism spectrum disorder, such as Sophie, might struggle academically. It’s not because they aren’t smart enough or unable to do the work, sometimes it might just take a little more time for things to click, because we all learn in different ways.
You may also remember we wrote that instead of focusing on the personality traits that might seem negative or different, we should consider these gifts and focus on all their positive attributes. And it seems as if that’s exactly what Shane did to make his daughter feel a little better. He created his very own report card for her, giving her an A for loving dogs, fighting with the boys and drawing and making robots, and an A+ for using her imagination and being the best daughter ever.
My daughter who has ASD received straights Ds on her report today. She cried and said “I’ve let everyone down” this is my report card for her. pic.twitter.com/godh2iiQ88— Shane Jackson (@ShaneJacks) June 27, 2018
After the overwhelming love and support he received on Twitter, Shane later set up an account for Sophie, who loves to draw and uses the platform to showcase her work. Sophie decided she’d create a report of her own for her amazing dad.
hey, i thought i would do a report card for my Dad. if anyone else wants to do one for their dad or mum, you can reply with a photo of it to this tweet. should be fun! pic.twitter.com/EOplorNlQS— SophieSideWaysSmile (@SophieJ36713466) June 29, 2018
"Dad is annoying: A+; funny: B at best; but is the best dad ever..." It’s an A+ from us too.
People responded to Sophie’s challenge to reply with a report card for their mom and dad:
The boys found this hilarious, Soph! pic.twitter.com/eHse9yvFVr— Mark Naunton (@MarkNaunton) June 29, 2018
Here goes my final report card for my mum. Excellent overall behavior and attitude.— Jaime Acosta Gómez (@jaimeacosta_) June 29, 2018
Aquí van las notas de mi madre. Excelente comportamiento y actitud. pic.twitter.com/1ISQMiQngw
How did your child do last term? Did you celebrate their achievements during the school holiday? Or do you and the kids have a new strategy to tackle their academics as the new term begins? How are you going to deal with a negative teacher who doesn't see the hidden talent in your child? Tell us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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