Challenges for Students Following Brain Injury

Center on Brain Injury Research and Training
Challenges for Students Following Brain Injury

The following characteristics can occur in the child with traumatic head injury.


Observe for problems in:

  • language
  • writing
  • articulation
  • computation
  • word finding (anomia)
  • abstraction
  • reading


Look for impairments in:

  • mobility
  • vision
  • strength
  • hearing
  • coordination


Watch for difficulty in:

  • memory – short and long term
  • thought processes
  • conceptual skills
  • problem solving

Perceptual Motor

Think about involvement in:

  • visual neglect
  • visual field cuts
  • motor apraxia
  • motor speed
  • motor sequencing


Be aware that brain damage may account for:

  • impulsivity
  • depression
  • poor judgment
  • emotional ability
  • disinhibition
  • apathy
  • dependency
  • lethargy
  • anger outbursts
  • poor motivation
  • denial


Sensitize yourself to know the child with a brain injury may:

  • have difficulty learning from peers
  • have difficulty learning from social situations
  • behave like a much younger child
  • withdraw
  • become distracted in noisy surroundings
  • become lost even in familiar surroundings
Posted on BrainLine June 21, 2010.

Sources: DePompei, R. & Blosser, J. (1987). Strategies for Helping Head-Injured Children Successfully Return to School. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, Vol.18 292–300.

From the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training. Reprinted with permission.