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Returning to school

This may feel like a scary prospect but see it as an achievement; it is a milestone in your child’s recovery. It is also an opportunity for your child to see their friends and participate in class.

To make your child’’s return to school as smooth as possible, contact your child’s teacher or the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and let them know about the stroke and how your child has been affected. Ask for a meeting to discuss in more detail the support they will need and if your child is in secondary school, make sure that all of their teachers are made aware of the situation.

Schools must offer staged support for children with special educational needs (SEN) (additional support needs (ASN) in Scotland) and if those needs are particularly complex you have the right to request a formal assessment from your local education authority or education board. For more advice on this process, see our ‘Useful organisations’ section.

It might be helpful for the school to speak to other pupils about any physical effects of your child’s stroke, as it may feel less daunting if their classmates know what changes to expect.

The classroom can be a noisy place and it can be tiring to return to school and learning, so a gradual return may be advisable. It might be a good idea for your child to sit in a quieter position in the class so it is easier for them to concentrate. Any therapy your child is still receiving should be part of their school day.

Bullying at school may be a problem for some children after a stroke. Research shows that children with SEN/ASN or disabilities are more likely to experience bullying.