Presentation on theme: "What teachers need to know. Not every student with a concussion (TBI) will have signs/symptoms affecting their learning For those that do it is not always."— Presentation transcript:
Not every student with a concussion (TBI) will have signs/symptoms affecting their learning For those that do it is not always evident until they return to the classroom Very often it takes time for the student and parents to realize the impact it does have on their learning Can be difficult for teachers to assess, as well. We do a good job of educating coaches and athletes-now we need to educate educators! Significant TBI’s may take weeks to months for a full recovery depending upon the severity of the trauma.
Signs Observed by Teachers Appears dazed or stunned Confused Answers questions slowly Repeats questions Shows behavior or personality changes Forgets assignments
Symptoms Reported by Student Difficulty thinking clearly Difficulty concentrating or remembering Feeling more slowed down Felling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy Headache Fatigues or feeling tired Emotional changes ie. Sad, irritable, nervous
What to look for after a concussion: What to watch for Increased problems paying attention or concentrating Increased problems remembering or learning new information Longer time needed to complete tasks or assignments Difficulty organizing tasks Inappropriate or impulsive behavior during class Greater irritability Less ability to cope with stress or more emotional
Accommodations that may be needed Take rest breaks as needed Spend fewer hours at school Be given more time to take tests or complete assignments Receive help with schoolwork, and/or Reduce time spent on the computer, reading, or writing 504 Plan may be needed for prolonged signs/symptoms
What teachers can do Talk to the student about changes you have noted Communicate with their counselor and the school nurse Counselor and/or nurse will call parents for more information and determine if a meeting to plan for accomodations is needed. We will work as a TEAM to help these students in their recovery!