Running to stand still
We were introduced to a child with High Functioning Autism who was persisting in mainstream education and managing academically with average grades. This child required a lot of class attention to manage emotions but generally reported feeling well.
A positive assessment identified a very high verbal IQ (99.99th percentile) and above average scores for all other areas. For a typical child, this should have translated into straight A academic success, so both child and family were inspired to ensure that the learning environment was supportive enough to allow him to thrive.
Following on from Blooming Genius support, this child is now in an autism specialist school and in a class with children 2 years older than him in order to stretch him to achieve his best. His Mother reports better sleep, increased appetite, less meltdowns and happier relations at home following the changes.
When your self-esteem is so low that crime feels like the only option
We met this young person who had failed in all subjects so far at school and was very low in self-esteem. They reported feeling unable to consider any career, and though his brothers were all working in construction he didn’t feel he had the skills for this.
A Positive Assessment revealed a competent level of spatial skills and processing speed (though verbal skills and memory was low). This explained the lack of academic success, but provided hope and inspiration that the construction career was viable. This news helped the young person to re-engage and persist in learning, and avoid petty crime, which had been an issue.