The story of Archie Aspin, a six-year-old boy with Down’s Syndrome, is winning over hearts of people across the country.
Young Archie, who is from Halifax in West Yorkshire, England first learned to walk using an unusual tactic and appeared on the This Morning television show where he and his parents shared his heart-warming story.
As Daily Mail reports, Archie learned to walk, skip, jump and more, by joining a ‘baby ballet’ course near his home. The invaluable lessons offered the boy’s brain a new and fun way to develop cognitive functions.
Check it out, per Daily Mail:
In an exclusive interview with FEMAIL yesterday, his mother Amanda, 41, told how her son has continued to go from strength to strength and is attending mainstream school where he is confidently making friends – all thanks to skills he’s picked up in the dance studio.
Speaking yesterday, his mother Amanda Aspin described how dancing had helped her son.
‘He’s not been frightened to go up and speak to people, to go up and make friends in the playground,’ Mrs Aspin said. ‘[That’s] because he’s learnt how to initiate conversation by doing it in a dance class with a group.’
During the morning show, Archie showcased his talent with his fellow classmates.
Check out these endearing photos:
And, from his studio:
The boy’s mother believes the lessons continue to positively affect her son in different areas of life.
“It’s fantastic progress,” Amanda Aspin said. “It’s amazing. It’s not just the physical, being able to jump, to try to skip and to hop, it’s the social side of it too.”
“He’s with normal ability peers and he’s accepted in by his friends,” she added. “They play together before the class, they play together after the class… It’s giving him skills for life.”
“Our whole aim is to make him as independent as possible so he’s not relying on other people to look after him,” she also said.
“Eventually we’re not going to be around and we don’t want his sisters [Emily, 11, and Tillie, eight] to be his carers, we want his sisters to be his sisters,” Aspin said. “We want him to live independently.”
And, “It takes children with Down’s Syndrome a lot longer to learn these things so the earlier we can teach them to be confident and independent, [the better] that’s setting him up for the life.”
People quickly took to social media to support young Archie:
UK: Wonderful story about Archie Aspin who learnt how to walk with ballet and how ballet is helping his confidence and even making friends 🙂
— CMF Foundation (@CMFFoundation) June 1, 2018
So proud of our @babyballet star Archie Aspin for being so inspirational. His mum Amanda shows there shouldn’t be any barriers for any child. Thank you @thismorning @AmandaHolden & @Rylan for being so welcoming. #balletisfun #balletforall #babyballet #dreambelieveachieve2018 pic.twitter.com/ACSI4ip4CX
— Claire O’Connor (@_claireoconnor) June 1, 2018
Check this out, from a couple years ago:
— babyballet Limited (@babyballet) July 22, 2016
And this, from 2015: