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.

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[Dr. Ann Glang] The things that would make you feel good as a parent walking onto a school for your child with a brain injury are just a couple of things. Number one, the staff understand brain injury. They've maybe had just an hour-long in-service. What's different about this disability? There are very strong collaborations between families and the staff and amongst the staff. People respect one another and listen and collaborate with one another. There's faculty using evidence-based practices. They use smart instruction, they pay attention when their children aren't learning, and modify. There's a little more creativity and flexibility in programming. It's not a one-size-fits-all approach. These kids don't fit a one-size-fits-all. They need creative programming. An example might be you have a middle school student or even a high school student who's really stuggling academically and not performing at grade level. Family is starting to say, "We really want them to go to college." School is saying, "We don't see that right now," and there's tension. That's the kind of thing that happens an awful lot with these kids, because these are children who were developing typically, and their lives have been dramatically altered. We need to be creative in thinking, "Okay, mom and dad want him to go to college. The special ed teacher is saying we don't see that, because he's reading at the 4th grade level and he's a 9th grader." Then how do we come together and get creative and work together to help that child move through school and have a positive school experience and a positive post-school experience?
Posted on BrainLine August 12, 2013.

Produced by Noel Gunther, Justin Rhodes, and Erica Queen, BrainLine.