Proms performance Monday 7th July 2014

By | July 7, 2014

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This was D today, rrrrrrrocking a verse of a song in her school Proms. They have a week of class performances of singing and instrument playing and it’s always amazing to watch.

My girl stood up in front of a packed school hall and sung. Something, as I’ve said before, she could never have done in a mainstream environment. We’d practise and practise at home and her TA would too, but on the day, anxieties would take over and she just couldn’t participate.

In D’s school, the staff gently practise with them, over and over. Gentle, positive encouragement with tons of praise, but of course, if it doesn’t happen on the day, it’s fine.

The audience is made up of other pupils and parents, so everyone is aware just how much it takes to do a solo. There’s always loads of clapping and cheering after each performance too.

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Everyone in her class participated, they have a group instrumental, then every pupil does a solo. There’s a boy in her class who used to scream and sob if his mum came in to see events, because it was out of his routine, his speech was also very stilted too so that was how he communicated. Screaming and makaton. Today he also sang, with his mum watching.

Just amazing the difference that the right setting for the individual child can make.

Obviously I wasn’t able to video the performance but click here for The Muppets version of what they sang.

D is still singing her verses now, as she has been for weeks, it’s just lovely to hear.

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18 Comments

Kim Carberry on 9th July 2014 at 11:08 am.

Well done D!!! She is braver then I am! I couldn’t get up and sing in front of people!!! What a great achievement!! 😀

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Jeannette on 13th July 2014 at 2:29 pm.

Thanks Kim, it’s always brilliant to see 🙂

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LifeWithAsd on 9th July 2014 at 11:22 am.

Well done D how wonderful she was confident enough to stand up and sing all by herself

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Jeannette on 13th July 2014 at 2:29 pm.

Thanks Mandy, it’s fantastic to see how comfortable the children are 🙂

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Tarana on 9th July 2014 at 11:49 am.

Good to know that your lovely daughter has the perfect environment to help her grow. It takes a lot to stand up in front of a crowd and sing, kudos to her!

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Jeannette on 13th July 2014 at 2:30 pm.

Thanks, very proud of them all 🙂

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over40andamumtoone on 9th July 2014 at 7:21 pm.

That’s so wonderful for all of you, and just proves what children can achieve with the right support #SSAA

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Jeannette on 13th July 2014 at 2:30 pm.

Thanks, totally agree 🙂

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rebecca beesley on 10th July 2014 at 1:35 pm.

my goodness that IS amazing – there is no way I would ever sing in front of others. So important to have the right environment – So glad for her to have done that – Well done! xxx #SSAA

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Jeannette on 13th July 2014 at 2:31 pm.

Thanks Rebecca, it’s always such a fantastic atmosphere 🙂

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Louisa on 14th July 2014 at 7:07 pm.

How wonderful. You must be bursting with pride.x

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Jeannette on 15th July 2014 at 7:37 pm.

I was indeed, absolutely!

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Coombe Mill (Fiona) on 14th July 2014 at 10:53 pm.

Wow what a brave and wonderful thing to do. Well done to her!

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Jeannette on 15th July 2014 at 7:37 pm.

Thanks Fiona, it’s always an amazing atmosphere 🙂

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Jaime Oliver on 20th July 2014 at 11:03 pm.

OMG – well done D! i know this is something she has struggled with but to pull it off this time is amazing!

thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments x

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Jeannette on 22nd July 2014 at 8:33 pm.

Thanks lovely, it was amazing x

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Charly Dove on 20th July 2014 at 11:12 pm.

Oh wow Jeannette you must have been so thrilled! Well done D, what a huge achievement. Great news. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatsthestory

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Jeannette on 22nd July 2014 at 8:33 pm.

Thanks Charly, those concerts are always so humbling and just brilliant 🙂

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