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‘The Growing Pains of a Teenage Genius’

Last night, BBC Three broadcast a programme called ‘The Growing Pains of a Teenage Genius’. Viewers were given an insight to the daily life of a 13 year old maths genius. Cameron Thompson suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome and is currently doing an Open University degree in applied mathematics.

Cameron lives in Acton, Wrexham and has recently moved schools due to bullying and is now attending Darland High School. This school specialises in looking after children who are on the autistic spectrum so with this in mind, Cameron’s parents are hoping he will learn how to balance his academic success with learning how to relate to people his own age and maintaining friendships. Darland High School are fully supporting Cameron and he has so far settled in to the school well.

New Directions would like to wish Cameron all the best for the future!


  1. Rod Thompson says:

    Thank you for your kind wishes. I will make sure Cameron sees this as soon as he gets home from school.

    One quick point – Darland is a typical everyday high school. The specialist facilities you say (and the wonderful Mrs Moore) are part of a Communications Unit attached to the school which helps children with ASD fit in to skill life and learn the important skills.

  2. Sophisti Kat says:

    fell in love with this little lad, he truly is special and his parents are doing a wonderful job raising their children. My son is on the tourettes spectrum and has learning difficulties. He changed schools last year because I felt like the school were not catering to his needs. The new school is better in terms of acknowledging that he does have needs – they have arranged for private tutors to come in and assist him. This is government funding however is due to stop very soon due to a lack of funding. This leaves me in a very uncertain place as he needs the 1:1 tuition. Feel like not many people understand TS at school, and i feel as though no one believes me when I tell them, including family members! because they don’t understand it.
    There is not much support after diagnosis.
    Getting a diagnosis is great because it offers a sense of relief, you are finally able to understand why your child does unexplainable things – but what do we do after? teachers do not have the time to give a child like mine the special attention he needs. I have considered a special school but what worries me is that he will be around children who are at the severe end of the spectrum and this may affect his confidence levels.
    My son has amazing social skills and is extremely charismatic/confident, He could tell you the name of every dinosaur that ever walked the land, he could name every shape that exists but struggles with motor tasks, such as writing, tying his shoe laces, telling you a story in a coherent way, lacks spatial awareness when writing in terms of the need for a space between words – amongst other things, which is the opposite to cameron. I really do feel as though there is not much support, not many services where we as parents can go for advice.
    Teachers are not equipped, he was rejected by a private school who said they didnt have the resources. Darland school sounds fantastic because they have a specific unit attached to the school for children on the autistic spectrum. This is what other schools should implement, my child would benefit from attending a school with a unit attached specifically for children on the TS spectrum as opposed to a special school.
    I’m studying for a degree in psychology and my son was my inspiration after realising, nobody wants to help him as much as me! The further along into my studies i go, the more i understand my son. He has dreams about being successful, he often talks about sixth form, as well as university although he is only 8, I want him to realise all his dreams and dont want his learning difficulties to get in the way of that.
    Well done Cameron, and all other children who have developmental disorders. And a huge well done to all the parents of these children because sometimes we feel like only we ‘get it’. Before my son was diagnosed I blamed myself and thought I was a bad mother. It’s important to spread awareness and offer support to children as well as the parents because it can be a very lonely, confusing journey when you’re not in a position to explain why your child is different.