One of the main concerns for any parent is that their child will be able to make friends and get fully involved in activities both inside and outside of school.
However, many parents have told Mencap about their worries that their son or daughter will be bullied or left out because of their learning disability, especially if they are going to a mainstream school.
Spotting the signs of bullying can be difficult, so it is important to keep talking to your child about their time at school and how they are getting on. You might want to take some time to explain to them what bullying is, why it is wrong, and who they can speak to if they ever have any problems.
It is also a good idea to keep in close contact with their teachers, so any problems can be picked up early and dealt with straight away.
He suffered with bullying in a variety of ways - the other children would take his things, throw his lunch around, push him, and get him to believe things and then laugh at him.
If you think your child is being bullied but they won't talk to you about it, you could suggest they speak to another relative or a teacher at school that they trust. They can also contact a confidential helpline or visit Bullying Online, who also offer help to parents, pupils and teachers.
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In some cases, parents may also face difficulties at school, with other parents showing a lack of understanding towards their child and refusing to include them in social situations. This can make everyday activities, such as picking your child up from the playground and attending school concerts, very stressful.
However, parents have told Mencap that with time these situations have generally become easier, and as their child has adjusted to school life other parents have in turn become more understanding and accepting of their disability.
Through the school we found it easy to make contact with other parents in a similar situation to our own, through informal chats and get togethers.
For many parents, their child's school is a great place to build up a new network of contacts, to get support and to share experiences. There may also be opportunities outside of school, for example through summer schemes and training courses, where you will meet other people in a similar situation to your own.
If you would like to get in touch with other families, you can join the Mencap families forum, or visit the Contact a Family website.