Whether a student with traumatic brain injury is in elementary school or in college, transitioning back to school post-injury can be difficult on many levels.
Sometimes a student's traumatic brain injury goes undiagnosed or is misdiagnosed as a learning disability or behavioral problem. After all, problems from a brain injury can be similar to those related to a learning disability, so getting an accurate diagnosis can make all the difference. A correct diagnosis can lead to more a tailored -- and successful treatment plan.
Recovery from Concussion in Students
Here are some ways you can make sure your brain makes a full recovery after you have had a concussion.
School-Based Plan for Student Support
Proper rest and any needed accommodations at school are necessary for recovery during the first 6-8 weeks after a concussion.
BrainSTARS: Adolescent Self-Regulation
Despite their age, adolescents with self-regulation difficulties after brain injury require the amount of supervision and structure typically provided for younger children.
BrainSTARS: Expressive Language
Children with expressive language difficulties need help participating in social and academic activities. Learn more.
BrainSTARS: Non-Verbal Learning
Children with a nonverbal learning disorder lacks ability to learn and generalize from everyday experiences. Learn more.
Accommodations Guide for Students with Brain Injury
A brain injury can often harm a student's important academic abilities like reading, arithmetic reasoning, vocabulary, writing, and spelling. Learn what accommodations are available in school to help.
BrainSTARS: Social Skills
Understand that your child or student may desire friendships but lacks the skills necessary to develop and nurture them. Learn how to help.
BrainSTARS: Word Retrieval
Learn how to help students with brain injury find the words they are looking for — at home and at school.
Poor judgement is a result of thinking problems, and is not intentional.
BrainSTARS: Mental Processing Speed
Accommodate a child with TBI's slow mental processing with environmental supports. You will see the difference!
BrainSTARS: New Learning
Use classroom performance, not global scores on intelligence and achievement testing, as your guide to instructional objectives and modifications for kids with TBI.
Remember that your child or student does not choose to not pay attention. Here are tips for parents and teachers to help.
Identifying a TBI: A Teacher's Role
Teachers are often the first to notice that something may be wrong with a student from a hit during sports.
Making a Difference #5: Brain Injury in Children
A TBI can derail a child's normal development process. Learn some myths and facts about kids with TBI.
Simple Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in School After a TBI
Simple strategies like keeping a set of books at school and another at home can make an enormous difference for your child at school with a TBI.
Returning to School After TBI
You know your child best. Parental involvement is crucial for a child with TBI returning to school.
When Libby Lost Her Smile
The story of a mother's relentless battle to help her daughter — in school and in life — after a brain injury.
Effective Instruction: Optimizing Outcomes Following ABI
Learn how systematic instruction can make all the difference for students — and adults — with brain injury.
Post-Acute Adult Continuing Education After TBI
Cognitive rehabilitation is crucial for enhancing the lives of people with brain injury.
Tools and Resources for Educators Working with Kids with TBI
Learn about the tools out there — from traumatic brain injury 101-type information to specifics on how to develop a student's individualized education plan.
Recognizing a Child's Early TBI Later in the Classroom
Sometimes problems don't surface until elementary school for kids who sustain a TBI early in childhood.
Learn How to Be a Proactive Advocate for Your Child
Working in collaboration with your child's school and communicating clearly and calmly with teachers and administrators are two crucial strategies.
School-Based Assessment of Executive Functions
Learn why assessing a student should never rely on a single test or measure.
What is Needed for a TBI School Evaluation and Who Should Evaluate?
Learn what a TBI school evaluation entails — from pre-injury performance to psychosocial assessments.
Back to School After a Concussion
Addressing cognitive, academic, or behavioral issues in students with TBI early will help with school success.
Challenges for Students Following Brain Injury
Learn what problems can affect student with TBI — from issues with perceptual motor skills to problems with communication.
Reentry to School After a Concussion or Closed Brain Injury
Students returning to school after a TBI need formal and consistent tracking.
What Schools Need to Know About Children with Brain Injury
Children spend about six hours a day at school. Educating teachers about a child's need after TBI is crucial.
Students with TBI: Learn About the IEP/504
Know your rights as a student with a TBI; schools have systems in place to help.
Recurrent Issues for Parents of Students with TBI
It's a cliché, but knowledge is power. Learn what you need to know to help your child in school.
Common Classroom Issues of Students with TBI
TBI-related problems in school can range from word-retrieval difficulties to impulsivity.
Targeting Teachers in Treating Brain Injury in Children
Ninety-nine percent of services kids will need after a TBI will be in the school setting. Teachers are key.
Don't Give Up: Advocate for Your Child with Traumatic Brain Injury
Parents know their children better than anyone. Follow your instincts — right after your child's injury or ten years after the fact.
Is Your Child the Class Troublemaker or Does He Have a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Medication intervention in pediatric brain injury is complex and controversial. Learn more.
Heads Up to Schools: Know Your ABCs — for Teachers, Counselors, and School Professionals
Learn your Concussion ABCs.
Heads Up to Schools: Know Your ABCs — for School Nurses
For school nurses, know your Concussion ABCs.
Speech Recognition for Learning
Learn how current speech recognition technology can help students with brain injury or other disabilities.
Assistive Technology and the IEP
Parents are their child's most effective advocate after brain injury. Learn more.
Transitioning Back to School After a TBI
Laws and services available to help your child return to school.
Helping Your Child Return to School Successfully
Your child may be entitled to certain services and supports.
Section 504: The Law and Its Impact on Postsecondary Education
Colleges that receive federal financial assistance cannot discriminate. Learn more.
Working with Schools
Build a strong family-school connection.
Parents’ Guide to the Transition of Their Adult Child to College, Career, and Community
Help your child return to school and life after brain injury.
Tips for Teaching LD Children About Online Safety
Assume that anything posted on the web is there forever.
Integrating the Arts with Technology: Inspiring Creativity
Integrating arts into the curriculum, especially for kids with brain injury or other disabilities, can produce many amazing results.
New Electronics: Turn Them On for Learning
Learn how to integrate the use of new technologies with instruction and studying for kids with TBI or other disabilities.
Online Safety for Children with LD
All children are at risk for being bullied or harassed, but for those with disabilities, bullying is more prevalent.
What Is the Situation for Children with TBI?
The effects of TBI on children differ from the effects on injured adults.
Find out what studies show about teaching strategies for children TBI.
General Information for Parents and Educators on TBI
Must-know information for parents and educators.
Medical Complications from TBI
The body almost always heals faster than the brain after injury.
If You Suspect a Student Has a TBI
Does your student get lost changing tasks in the classroom? Does he show signs of fatigue or irritability? Learn what signs can indicate a TBI.
Blogs, Wikis, and Text Messaging: What are the Implications for Students with Learning Disabilities
Using modern innovations to help with school work and life.
Feeling Safe at School: How New Technologies Can Help
Social and emotional conditions at school are crucial, especially for kids with brain injury or other disabilities.
Making the Written Word Easier for Readers with Print Disabilities
Find solutions to help your child who may have trouble reading print.
Reading Software: Finding the Right Program
Learn about the various reading software applications that address different needs.
Tips, Contacts, and Tools for State Agencies
Contacts and iinformation from the various state agencies.
Guidelines for Providing Homebound Instruction to Students with Disabilities
Implementing homebound instruction for students with TBI.
Traumatic Brain Injury: Susan's Story
Understanding the basics of TBI is crucial, especially since the symptoms can be invisible.
Boosting Inclusion in After School Activities with AT and Supplemental Services
Participation in extra-curricular activities like art, music, theater, or sports comes with many benefits -- from social integration to higher self-esteem.
Questions to Ask Colleges About Assistive Technology Resources
Availability of assistive technologies for people with disabililities is different in the K-12 environment versus college. Know what to ask.
Help for Young Learners: How to Choose AT
Assitive technologies for young kids can include low-tech items, like pillows and mirrors, as well as high-tech items, such as augmentative communication devices.
Using Assistive Technology to Support Writing
Learn how to use assistive technology to help your students with TBI become better writers.
The Great Leap Forward: Transitioning into the Adult World
Learn about services to support students with TBI before and after they leave public school.
Traumatic Brain Injury: Perspectives from Educational Professionals
Learning to live with neurological deficits.
Integration of Neuropsychology in Educational Planning Following Traumatic Brain Injury
Educators need to know what to look for and how to help students with TBI.
Classroom Interventions for Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries
There is a lot to know about helping children with TBI successfully return to the classroom.
A Student's Guide to the IEP
It's your education; be part of its planning after a brain injury.
The Student with a Brain Injury: Achieving Goals for Higher Education
Finding the right help to navigate through college and beyond.