A few years ago, something happened to me in class that I will never, ever forget, Newcastle teacher Terina writes.

I work as a learning support teacher, working with children with learning difficulties, including ASD. I had a little group of nine-year-olds who hadn’t really caught onto reading it was so painful watching them struggle.

We worked with these kids for three terms and there was one little boy who was having a particularly hard time of it.

One day, out of nowhere he put up his hand in class, opened up his Dr Seuss book, looked at me and just started reading. Tears of joy were streaming down my face — I couldn’t help it! His face lit up with such a smile!