Friday 9 December 2016

‘These tests only measure a little part of you’- Teacher sends heart-warming letter to a boy with autism in her class

Published 13/07/2016 | 12:10

Ben's teacher Mrs Clarkson sent him a heartwarming letter which has gone viral
Ben's teacher Mrs Clarkson sent him a heartwarming letter which has gone viral

“All of your different talents and abilities make you the special person you are.”

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These are the words of a kind-hearted teacher who went above and beyond to make one of her students feel better about his test scores by sending him a heart-warming letter.

Manchester teacher ‘Mrs Clarkson’ penned the letter to her pupil Ben Twist (11), who has autism, to remind him of everything that makes him special after he didn’t get the results he hoped for in his state exams.

“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 see and measure in other ways,” she wrote in the letter, shared by Ben’s mum Gail Twist on Twitter.

“We are so pleased that all of these different talents and abilities make you the special person you are and these are all of the things we measure to reassure us that you are always making progress and continuing to develop as a bright young man. We are very proud of you,” wrote Mrs Clarkson.

Ben’s mum Gail posted the letter on Twitter, which has since been shared thousands of times. Speaking to Manchester Evening News, she said that the letter boosted Ben’s confidence and made him feel special.

"The letter came as a complete surprise, it was so wonderful,” she told the publication.

"The fact they addressed it to Ben was lovely too. He couldn't believe it, he said 'do they really think all those nice things about me?' He thinks it's awesome."

Ben Twist Photo Credit: Twitter
Ben Twist Photo Credit: Twitter

"I put it on Twitter as I felt it was important to share something this nice with other people.

"There's a lot more to a child than just answering exam questions and these qualities should be recognised more.

"The response has been incredible. I think we all need a bit of something that reminds us about humanity in these crazy times."

Ben Twist with his mum Gail. Photo Credit: Twitter
Ben Twist with his mum Gail. Photo Credit: Twitter

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