A Certificate! – Mon 20th July 2015

By | July 20, 2015

I miss how D used to pronounce “certificate”, she used to call it a “ber-tificate”, which was lovely.  She always gets so excited when she receives one but then it gets shoved in her school bag and it’s all creased by the time it gets home.

Nowadays, any question asked as to whether she’s received a “ber-tificate” are met with “it’s a certificate!”.  

She’s growing up, her last few days in the Primary section of school.  Thank goodness, thank everything that, for D, transition into Secondary is a move down the corridor.  There will be changes (different playground with older children) and that will bring issues in terms of her confidence (or lack of) with telling another child to stop being nasty to her, but at least we haven’t got the worry of a huge unfamiliar secondary school, with all the challenges that brings.  We are very lucky.

A challenge for D this term has been an extra weekly PE session (always good news) in the form of a gymnastics session at the gym club attached to the nearby secondary school.  It’s great that the class have had this opportunity as our area is quite lax in offering anything SN-related in terms of extra curricular activities, purely for SN children.

There have been Monday mornings when she’s been full of anxiety about gym class, times when she’s been tearful at the end of the school day because she’s fallen off a beam (or similar) and it was still hurting but, today, this came home:

A certificate (or ber-tificate), something that will prove a great visual aid for discussions around the activities she’s performed and maybe we can try some in the holidays.  

D said that everyone in her class had a Silver certificate, apart from one child who had a Bronze.  It seems a tad mean to me that they couldn’t make a teensy weeny exception in this case, so that everyone got the same but…I guess rules are rules.  

It’s been a good start to the week here. I had been worried that, with T already finished for the holidays, D would be extremely put out but she’s coped extremely well with this change and it’s definitely helped that T is far more relaxed too (well, he is on holiday!)

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Niki on 22nd July 2015 at 9:38 am.

Congratulations on the ber-tificate 🙂 I hope the visual aid gives her confidence to try all the new things, when she is doubting them or herself, the old ber-tificates prove her that things turn out fine in the end. xxx


Jeannette on 25th July 2015 at 11:08 am.

Thank you Niki, it is always lovely when she brings a ber-tificate home and the visuality of it does help with conversations 🙂 have a lovely weekend x


Jeannette on 26th July 2015 at 3:29 pm.

Thank you, she always loves to bring her ber-tificates home and they are a very useful visual tool for conversation prompts and to remind her that she can achieve wonderful things 🙂 x


coombemill on 26th July 2015 at 5:41 pm.

Well done indeed, gymnastics is so popular with girls, Clio goes too though I’m not sure she has any awards to show for it!


Jeannette on 8th December 2015 at 12:15 pm.

Thanks Fiona, it’s so good for flexibility and wellbeing with the sense of achievement 🙂


Jane - Our Little Escapades on 4th August 2015 at 7:36 pm.

Yay for a ber-tificate! I’m glad she got a reward after doing something that caused some stress for her x x


Jeannette on 8th December 2015 at 12:16 pm.

Me too, it’s a nice visual reminder for her x


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