Jasper, aged 8, has been coming to Sydney Story Factory for three terms. He has a problem with hyper-mobility in his hand, which means he has trouble holding a pencil. Before attending Sydney Story Factory, he found it difficult to express his thoughts and get them on paper – to the point where he was immobilised.
After receiving individualised attention in the after school programs at the Sydney Story Factory, the results have been incredible.
Jessica, Jasper’s mother has noticed his progress. “He now enjoys writing. He doesn’t need his finger splint and his anxiety has gone so he’s no longer pushing holes through the paper,” says Jessica. “My son’s confidence has grown enormously and more importantly so has his ability. His teacher has noticed his story writing has advanced significantly. This wasn’t even conceivable last year.”
It was 1997 and Tjerk Dusseldorp was standing on the station in St Gallen Switzerland when he noticed a young man dressed in his Australian uniform, a medal around his neck. He was 22-year-old Grant Stewart, a plumber from Wollongong NSW and the day before he’d competed in the WorldSkills International competition.
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