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.
Michael Wight and Elementary School After TBI
After a severe TBI at age 4, Michael Wight is now in fourth grade at Switlik Elementary, where they call him "the mayor." He attends class with other fourth graders and also gets help from a special education teacher, speech therapist, and physical therapist.
What Can You Do to Support Your Child's Recovery?
A concussion takes time to heal and parents can help their injured child with the process.
How Schools Can Help Kids with TBI
Lots of ways schools can help kids with TBI — from providing note-takers to assigning a lunchtime buddy.
Letter to My Child's Teachers and Administrators
"Please remember that he is just a 9-year-old boy who has come through more than many of us can truly understand."
Using Technology as a Learning Tool for Kids with Brain Injury
Nicole Wight says using an iPad and a TouchStart computer has helped her son with severe brain injury make significant strides in his learning.
Parents and teachers of students with organizational weaknesses from TBI need to help them set up and maintain organizational systems.
Parents and teachers can teach children with TBI-related memory issues how to pay careful, focused attention and engage actively in thinking about what is being learned.
For kids with TBI who have trouble with planning, adult help is often required to anticipate and organize events, projects, and chores.
In the Classroom: Traumatic Brain Injury … What Teachers Should Know
What questions should teachers ask when working with a child with a brain injury?
In the Classroom: Positive Behavior Supports
Teachers need to be proactive in dealing with students with TBI who present challenging behaviors.
In the Classroom: Academic Accommodations to Minimize Frustration and Encourage Success
Students with TBI can be easily frustrated with academic tasks. Here are ideas for teachers and parents.
Helping Teachers Working with Children with TBI
Teachers and staff need a knowledge and understanding of brain injury and what modifications kids with a brain injury may need in order to help their students most effectively.
Being Flexible and Creative in Helping Children with TBI Navigate School
Dr. Ann Glang talks about how school teachers and staff in collaboration with parents can help a child with TBI have a fulfilling and successful experience during school and beyond.
How Parents Can Best Work with the Teachers of their Child with TBI
Dr. Ann Glang talks about how parents can approach and work with teachers to ensure success in school for their child with brain injury.
At Home and at School: Working as a Team to Help a Child with TBI
Listening, showing empathy, being respectful, and opening up to creative collaboration are all key ways parents and teachers can work together to help a child with brain injury.
With TBI, Sometimes We Don't Know What We Don't Know
Families and schools need to communicate in order to make sure potential injury-related learning problems are not overlooked in a child with TBI.
How Schools Can Prepare to Work with Children with TBI
Kids with TBI have similar challenges to kids with other disabilities, but they also have uneven skill profiles, meaning they may be strong in one area or academic subject but deficient in another.
In the Classroom: Friendship and Peer Acceptance
Help students with TBI maintain what friendships they can and replace those that will inevitably end by providing structures of support.
For Teens, the Benefits of Vocational Rehabilitation Before Leaving High School
Dr. Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa talks about the advantages for adolescents with TBI to talk with their vocational rehab counselors before leaving high school.
Helping Adolescents with TBI Transition to Independence
Dr. Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa talks about her research working with teens with TBI and their parents on readiness for transition to independence.
What Can Students with TBI Do If They Flunk Out?
Dr. Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa outlines several strategies to help high school and college students if they are not succeeding academically.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens
Dr. Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa talks about her program where peer counselors use their own experiences moving forward after a TBI to teach other adolescents positive and effective habits.
Learning How to Learn in College, Especially After a Brain Injury
The most successful students with TBI in college are those who know their strengths and weaknesses, how to ask for help when they need it, and how to put the focus on how to learn they can rather than how they can't.
Using Schools as a Resource After a Brain Injury
Although states and school systems vary, schools can be great resources for kids with TBI — and their parents. Support services can range from 504 plans and special ed to transition plans for teens.
Partnerships Among Schools, Parents, and Medical Facilities Can Be Beneficial
Dr. Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa talks about how parents and schools can partner with medical facilities to better understand how a brain injury can affect a student socially, behaviorally, and academically.
Educating Parents and Students on Academic Needs Post-TBI
Everyone wants to see a teen with TBI graduate with his class, but not tapping into all available support services like special ed or vocational rehab before graduating can set that person back later.
For Adolescents with TBI, Getting Help with Plan B
If a student with TBI fails in college, go back to your family and circle of support to see what went wrong and what you can do differently to succeed in college or work.
Programs in High Schools Can Help Teens with TBI Set New or Different Goals
Many high schools offer programs in technology or culinary arts, for example, that are one way for teens with TBI to learn some skills as jumping off places for future career opportunities.
College Students with TBI Need to Learn How They Learn Best
To succeed in college, students with TBI need to learn what specifically they need in order to do well academically.
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.
Remember that your child or student does not choose to not pay attention. Here are tips for parents and teachers 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.
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.
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.
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.
Transitioning to Adult Life for Kids with TBI
Studies are being done to find the best ways to help kids transition from the hospital back to school and from school to adult life.
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.
Working with Schools After TBI
Build a strong family-school connection.
Section 504: The Law and Its Impact on Postsecondary Education
Colleges that receive federal financial assistance cannot discriminate. Learn more.
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.
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.
Tips for Teaching LD Children About Online Safety
Assume that anything posted on the web is there forever.
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.
Lesión cerebral traumaticá: La historia de Susana
Entender los conceptos básicos de un TBI es crucial, sobre todo porque los síntomas pueden ser invisibles.
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 information from the various state agencies.
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.
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.
Classroom Interventions for Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries
There is a lot to know about helping children with TBI successfully return to the classroom.
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.
Traumatic Brain Injury: Perspectives from Educational Professionals
Learning to live with neurological deficits.
The Great Leap Forward: Transitioning into the Adult World
Learn about services to support students with TBI before and after they leave public school.
A Student's Guide to the IEP
It's your education; be part of its planning after a brain injury.