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The World of Neil

Over the last year, we’ve noticed that Matthew’s reading has deteriorated somewhat to the point where there’s no doubt in our minds that Daniel – 2 academic years behind Matthew – is the better reader. Daniel confidently whizzes through books. He was itching to read as soon as Matthew started in P1. I think that Matthew’s ASD possibly gets in the way. Reading is a skill we don’t need all the time, but we know we’ll need it down the line. For Matthew, learning something that he may or may not need tomorrow is strange. Still, he’s stuck at it, and when he concentrates, he has proved to us that he can do it.

But about a year ago, we noticed a decline, and brought it up at the parents consultation (whatever happened to Parents’ Evenings?) in P3 with his previous teacher who told me that she had no real…

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