When most children are busy playing and learning in their young age, six-year-old Rudraaksh had to go through a different experience. He was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder very early, and was pronounced ‘not-fit-for-regular-school’ in Delhi. Worried about his future, his parents moved their base to Gurgaon, just to make sure their child gets normal education.
Today, after years of support, Rudraaksh has walked away with 83 percent marks in the recently announced Class X board exam results. In a conversation with YourStory, Rudraaksh, now in Class XI at the GD Goenka Public School says,
Our school sensitised us about the importance of board exams, and our teachers took a lot of effort to complete syllabus well in time, and helped with multiple revisions. I used to cut off from social media and TV for last several months, and studied for several hours every day. I used to relax by swimming for an hour every day, except in the last month.
Though the family is elated with his marks, Rudraakash says he was aiming for higher marks in Mathematics. Prepping to become a Computer Science professional, he is already quite pepped about Artificial Intelligence and machines, says his mother Sukanya Karthick.
"My son is a role model for me and everyone in my family. He has amazed me at every juncture of his journey into being a highly functional teenager. He has turned even the negatives into positives, and has amazing focus and dedication to reach his goals".
Rudraaksh’s story may be of some hope to others like him, who are at the beginning of their journey after being diagnosed with special needs, she adds.
At the age of two, when Rudraaksh started showing signs, his parents were quite clueless. He then started to show signs of withdrawal from social circles as he grew up and took help from speech therapists in the city. The school also received CBSE special provisions for special needs students, in order to accommodate Rudraakash.
Apart from shining bright with his results, he is also an avid swimmer, and has represented his school in several competitions.
I have won several medals in athletics and have completed 10 km marathon as well. Sports has helped me a lot, and I will recommend everyone to take up active sports, he adds.
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