The Dreaded Exams - Autism Chapter 7
Friday, 29 July 2016 | Admin
The Dreaded Exams
If there is one thing guaranteed to cause anxiety in this house, it’s any mention of the words ‘exam’ or ‘test’. In fact I’m absolutely sure that my daughter has an inbuilt radar which tells them when any of her teachers have even been discussing the possibility of one! Exams are stressful, it’s the feeling of making a mistake which can’t be rectified, it’s the thought of sitting in silence in a strange room with a strange person, it’s the thought of opening something which is unknown and not knowing the answers. It’s also a change from her usual routine. Tests mean P.E. moved, or break is at a different time. Horror of horrors they sometimes even mean a different teacher taking the class.
The reality of life however, is that much as we hate putting her through the added anxiety of exams – the new curriculum is going to demand that of students more regularly. I know that both we and her teachers need to equip her with the skills to deal with this. That doesn’t mean I like it though. Luckily however, we have a few tried and tests tricks up our sleeves to get our family through the day without too much trauma:
In our house, the reality is it’s always a balance between coping with the day and preparing for the future. I could ask for her to be withdrawn from tests – it would certainly make life easier. But I won’t. The reality is however hard they make today, I know they will help her tomorrow. If she can cope with the small ones, the big ones won’t seem so hard. It isn’t easy, and it will get harder, but then Rome wasn’t built in a day…