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.

One level of treatment is what is going to go on with the child when he or she goes back to school. And there, I think there is a need to get the school onboard with the issue that all of sudden this wonderful child who has been doing well has these learning challenges that were not there yesterday, and not to mislabel those--and I can cite some horror stories-- and to not be resistant to providing the child with the kind of accommodations that he or she may need. So, some simple things that can be done would be providing the child with two sets of books, so you use a set of books in the classroom, you use a set of books at home, so you don't have to worry about the child forgetting the books. Mom knows what homework assignments are being given every week, so that she can be onboard with what the child needs to do. The teacher summarizes a lesson every day before it begins, and then resummarizes it at the end, so you're providing the child with the utmost structure. The child has a schedule of where they need to be. You may need a notetaker. You may need to have a tape recorder. So these are the kinds of accommodations that are cheap; they don't cost a lot of money and shouldn't drive people crazy because you want to spend all the taxpayers' dollars just for your child.
Posted on BrainLine March 15, 2011.

About the author: Wayne Gordon, PhD

Wayne Gordon, PhD, ABPP/Cn, is the Jack Nash Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and associate director of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is a neuropsychologist and the director of the Mount Sinai Brain Injury Research Center.

Dr. Wayne Gordon

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