Partnerships Among Schools, Parents, and Medical Facilities Can Be Beneficial

[Dr. Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa] Schools can partner with medical facilities to better understand brain injury and the implications of a cognitive impairment on a child's social functioning because it is based on their processing of information, and that is what has really changed. I think partnerships with schools and parents to understand that. Sometimes the brain injury is not identified by schools knowing about the brain injury. It's identified by the child's behavior changes. Unfortunately with all the things that have happened in schools over the last few years, schools have had to be much more clear on what happens if you are demonstrating behavior that is not acceptable. Sometimes for our kids, the concern is that's the first symptom that they have changed from their brain injury. I've worked with several schools that have really tried to work with the family and do something called "positive behavioral supports." They're trying to plan what to do before the behavior happens. So if families inform schools about the brain injury and ask for help with positive behavioral supports, I think that's a way that could improve the social skills for kids.

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.

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Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa

Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa, PhD has 30 years of clinical experience in brain injury and has developed various pediatric rehabilitation programs. She is a researcher/speech pathologist at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and adjunct faculty, Department of Pediatrics, Emory School of Medicine.

Posted on BrainLine July 2, 2013.

Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough, Justin Rhodes, and Lara Collins, BrainLine.