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.
Working with Schools
Build a strong family-school connection.
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.
What Is the Situation for Children with TBI?
The effects of TBI on children differ from the effects on injured adults.
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.
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.
Using Assistive Technology to Support Writing
Learn how to use assistive technology to help your students with TBI become better writers.
Traumatic Brain Injury: Susan's Story
Understanding the basics of TBI is crucial, especially since the symptoms can be invisible.
Traumatic Brain Injury: Perspectives from Educational Professionals
Learning to live with neurological deficits.
Transitioning Back to School After a TBI
Laws and services available to help your child return to school.
Tips, Contacts, and Tools for State Agencies
Contacts and information from the various state agencies.
Tips for Teaching LD Children About Online Safety
Assume that anything posted on the web is there forever.
The Student with a Brain Injury: Achieving Goals for Higher Education
Finding the right help to navigate through college and beyond.
The Great Leap Forward: Transitioning into the Adult World
Learn about services to support students with TBI before and after they leave public school.
Find out what studies show about teaching strategies for children TBI.
Students with TBI: Learn About the IEP/504
Know your rights as a student with a TBI; schools have systems in place to help.
Speech Recognition for Learning
Learn how current speech recognition technology can help students with brain injury or other disabilities.
Section 504: The Law and Its Impact on Postsecondary Education
Colleges that receive federal financial assistance cannot discriminate. Learn more.
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.
School-Based Assessment of Executive Functions
Learn why assessing a student should never rely on a single test or measure.
Returning to School After TBI
You know your child best. Parental involvement is crucial for a child with TBI returning to school.
Reentry to School After a Concussion or Closed Brain Injury
Students returning to school after a TBI need formal and consistent tracking.
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.
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.
Reading Software: Finding the Right Program
Learn about the various reading software applications that address different needs.
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.
Post-Acute Adult Continuing Education After TBI
Cognitive rehabilitation is crucial for enhancing the lives of people with brain injury.
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.
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.
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.
Medical Complications from TBI
The body almost always heals faster than the brain after injury.
Making the Written Word Easier for Readers with Print Disabilities
Find solutions to help your child who may have trouble reading print.
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."
Lesión cerebral traumaticá: La historia de Susana
Entender los conceptos básicos de un TBI es crucial, sobre todo porque los síntomas pueden ser invisibles.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
Helping Your Child Return to School Successfully
Your child may be entitled to certain services and supports.
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.
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.
Guidelines for Providing Homebound Instruction to Students with Disabilities
Implementing homebound instruction for students with TBI.
General Information for Parents and Educators on TBI
Must-know information for parents and educators.
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.
Effective Instruction: Optimizing Outcomes Following ABI
Learn how systematic instruction can make all the difference for students — and adults — with brain injury.
Common Classroom Issues of Students with TBI
TBI-related problems in school can range from word-retrieval difficulties to impulsivity.
Classroom Interventions for Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries
There is a lot to know about helping children with TBI successfully return to the classroom.
Challenges for Students Following Brain Injury
Learn what problems can affect student with TBI — from issues with perceptual motor skills to problems with communication.
BrainSTARS: Word Retrieval
Learn how to help students with brain injury find the words they are looking for — at home and at school.
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.
For kids with TBI who have trouble with planning, adult help is often required to anticipate and organize events, projects, and chores.
Parents and teachers of students with organizational weaknesses from TBI need to help them set up and maintain organizational systems.
BrainSTARS: Non-Verbal Learning
Children with a nonverbal learning disorder lacks ability to learn and generalize from everyday experiences. Learn more.
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: Mental Processing Speed
Accommodate a child with TBI's slow mental processing with environmental supports. You will see the difference!
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.
Poor judgement is a result of thinking problems, and is not intentional.
BrainSTARS: Expressive Language
Children with expressive language difficulties need help participating in social and academic activities. Learn more.
Remember that your child or student does not choose to not pay attention. Here are tips for parents and teachers to help.
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.
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.
Blogs, Wikis, and Text Messaging: What are the Implications for Students with Learning Disabilities
Using modern innovations to help with school work and life.
Back to School After a Concussion
Addressing cognitive, academic, or behavioral issues in students with TBI early will help with school success.
Assistive Technology and the IEP
Parents are their child's most effective advocate after brain injury. 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.
A Student's Guide to the IEP
It's your education; be part of its planning after a brain injury.