The father of a 10-year-old girl with autism spectrum disorder has been praised for his adorable reaction to her school report card, after she became upset by receiving all Ds.
Shane Jackson, who lives on the island state of Tasmania, reported how his daughter, Sophie, cried as she told him she had “let everyone down” with her grades.
“Sophie and my partner were so upset, mainly because she had tried so hard,” Jackson, who is the national president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, told Yahoo7.
Though he told Yahoo7 that “Sophie loves her teacher” and appreciated the support her school gives to its students, Jackson also wanted to lift his daughter’s spirits. He chose to instead grade her on the things he valued outside the standard curriculum.
He made his own report card and awarded his girl either an A or A+ for categories like “imagination, “drawing,” and “best daughter ever.”
He tweeted a picture of the new report card, which has since gone viral.
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
His tweet was met with more than 1,000 heartfelt messages of support for Sophie and praise for the dad’s creative parenting.
Some responded by saying they would adopt the approach with their own children with autism.
Thanks, overwhelmed by the response. Important to show others they are not alone. Sophie was over the moon with her “new” report….
— Shane Jackson (@ShaneJacks) June 28, 2018
I am an artist. That painting is BRILLIANT! She is so talented. And I love her dynamic use of perspective. Please tell her she has a new fan.
— StSmallerie (@StSmallerie) June 28, 2018
Jackson said the messages on social media left his daughter with a “beaming smile.”
He said it was important to show other children with learning difficulties that they are “not alone.”
Sophie now has her own Twitter account featuring her A-worthy drawings — one of which is a report card for her dear old 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
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