A week at a summer camp supported by Blythswood Care has helped to transform Matei into an open, smiling teenager, keen to participate in group activities.
The biggest surprise for the 14-year-old – and for his parents – was that he was even invited to go. Having learning disabilities and behavioural problems, he had been treated as a disruptive and uncooperative pupil during his years in a mainstream school. His record barred him from joining in trips and treats with other children.
It was only when he moved to a school for children with special needs in Marghita, Romania that he started to make progress.
“Matei challenged all my knowledge and skills as a psychologist and teacher,” says Lidia Micula, who has the boy in her class.
“The first year was very tough but with patience, love and consistency we built trust.
“Slowly he realised that it’s not a disaster when he doesn’t have the right answer but that we are there to help him. Once he started to relax he was more able to learn.”
At camp Matei enjoyed playing in the water and joined in games with other children, proving wrong his parents’ fears that he would be unable to behave himself.
photo above: Matei (right) proved he could behave himself at summer camp.