Scott on the beach by Bernie Stronner

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This is a picture of my son Scott (11) taken on our recent trip to Newcastle.
Taken by a beginner with a Pentax K100D
Views 101 Aug 7th 2010

*Scotts Story…
Scott was born at 26 weeks weighing 960grms (2 pound 2 ounces) in October 1998
He was in NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) for a 2-3 months before he reached a stage where he could be transferred back to the local Hospital, All up he spent 3-4 months in Hospital..
He was brought home on Oxygen and a monitor that kept an eye on his breathing, Gradually over a few months the oxygen was reduced and finally he was off, no more nose canulas and carting around oxygen tanks on the back of the pram, and no more strange looks from passers by…
2 weeks after Scotty turned 1 his little sister (Allanna) was born at 38 weeks (Phew!)
Physically Scott was very strong but it wasnt long before I realised there was something wrong.
His sister (Allanna) began talking but Scott couldnt By the time Allanna was saying short sentences Scott was only managing small words..
After running a few tests I found out Scotty had a learning difficulty.
We were told that he may not even be able to go for a Drivers licence which totally broke my heart…..
I got him into pre school and then into Early Intervention.
The Lady who runs the early intervention told me later on in the year “at first there was no way I could allow Scott to start Kindergarten but after a few months of learning the routines and the rules I can happily allow him to start Kinder in the moderate/severly disabled class
He started Kindergarten and is now in year 6!
every 6 months they do a review with both parents, teachers and councillors to see how we can improve things with Scott.
Scotty has gone from the moderate /severely disabled class to starting High School next year in the Mildly Disabled Class..
He is still a few years behind, Whille Allanna is reading Harry Potter books Scott is reading at a level of year 1-2, His Maths is around Year 3 and his writing is around year 2-3 Levels, His speech is coming along well too although we still have the occassional word we dont understand.
He still has a speech therapists and an occupational therapist,
All in all is doing really really well, he is quite popular with a lot of kids at school and has receive many awards from his school for a variety of acheivements, he participates in Eistedfods and plays, thrives on learning as much as he can about his favourite things which include, Space, Dinosaurs and Facts like what is bigger, who is the tallest, who is the strongest…
He has a beautiful heart and has actually brought teahcers to tears with his kindness. and as you can tell from his photo he can be very cheeky..:)

I hope you have enjoyed reading about him and I would love you hear your comments*


  • EnchantedDreams
    EnchantedDreamsover 4 years ago

    What a gorgeous photo! He is so cute!

  • CezB
    CezBover 4 years ago

    What a great shot, love the softness, and what a handsome lad. xxx

  • Thats my little man, he never used to smile for the camera as he didnt like his smile, but we finally managed to convince him otherwise..xx
    PS I have responded to all your comments but some of them I didnt hit reply I it add comment instead..sorry

    – Bernie Stronner

  • MissyD
    MissyDover 4 years ago

    This is a wonderful portrait shot of your handsome son!

  • Bernie Stronner
    Bernie Stronnerover 4 years ago

    He is totally adorable, he has a good heart but def a rough as a boy should be.
    I am so glad you like the pictue of him, thank you for looking!!

  • neon-gobi
    neon-gobiover 4 years ago

    Looks like he will be a heartbreaker – nice teeth

  • Not only good looking but has a great attitude and a kind heart…

    – Bernie Stronner

  • danamh40
    danamh40over 4 years ago

    Bernie, this is a great capture! Your son is a cutie!

  • Ill be sure to let im know, I am positive he will smile and blush and change the subject…LOL Lucky for me he has a kind heart too!
    Thanks Dana

    – Bernie Stronner

  • Squealia
    Squealiaover 4 years ago

    Just a Boy, 27.04.10

  • Wow that is great thank you so much!

    – Bernie Stronner

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...over 4 years ago

    Great shot .- a very good looking young man. Thank you so much for allowing us to share his story

  • Thank you GrandmaMattie I appreciate your comment very much indeed:)

    – Bernie Stronner

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Congrats on your feature of this beautiful image!
    Thank you for sharing the incredible story of Scott’s life with us :)

  • Thank you for commenting and reading his story, I do appreciate it very much indeed :)

    – Bernie Stronner

  • sarahspictures
    sarahspicturesover 4 years ago

    beautiful portrait and a lovely story – he sounds like such a lovely person, you must be very proud :)

  • I am very very proud of him, he has the kindest heart and loves a cuddle.He is my little man :) thank you so much for taking the time to look, read and ccomment, it does mean a lot to me. :)

    – Bernie Stronner

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