Leeds boy, 8, teaches children about Asperger’s syndrome

Harry Inman with classmates. PIC: Mark Bickerdike
Harry Inman with classmates. PIC: Mark Bickerdike
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BRAVE schoolboy Harry Inman stood up in front of hundreds of classmates to talk about Asperger’s syndrome – a form of autism he was diagnosed with three years ago.

The eight-year-old took centre stage at a special assembly at Kippax Greenfield Primary School on Wednesday, April 19.

During the assembly, Harry thanked his school pals for their support.

Head teacher Kirsty Beresford said: “Harry gave a confident performance at the assembly. He was amazing.”

Mum Claire came up with the idea of raising awareness of Asperger’s and Harry suggested he held a special assembly at his school.

Mum Claire said: “Harry did really well, I’m so proud of him.

“I don’t think he realises how much he’s achieved and he is taking it all in his stride.

“He said he had butterflies in his tummy before the assembly but I’ve never seen him so excited and he absolutely loved it.

“The kids were absolutely enthralled.

“Harry said yesterday that lots more people had asked him to join in and wanted to talk to him about what it is like to be autistic, which is great.

“His younger brother is at the same school and during the assembly you could see the way he looked at his older brother – he was so proud.

“Harry read brilliantly from the screen that was behind him and was turning around and spoke to the audience. He did the whole thing by himself.

“Since the assembly I’ve been questioned by schoolchildren and parents when I’ve come to pick Harry up because they want to know more.

“More primary schools should teach about autism and raise awareness because it could help stop bullying and it’s good to have an understanding of it from a young age.”

The family also held a dress-down day at the school, which raised £154 and will go towards a new community area at the school to thank them for their support.

Claire added: “We want to give something back because the head teacher and staff have been there for us since day one.”