A concussion can affect a student’s physical, cognitive, and emotional functioning. These symptoms can have an effect on their learning in the following ways:
Symptoms can be situational and triggered or exacerbated by elements in the environment. For example, a student may experience a headache in the classroom from the fluorescent lights but the headache subsides when the student goes outside.
A healing brain has to work harder to accomplish anything which leaves limited energy for other tasks. For many students this limited energy is compounded by:
- Changes in their sleep patterns
- Overexerting themselves
- Feeling pressure to keep up with schoolwork
- Dealing with the emotional impacts of concussion
Learning accommodations are changes to schoolwork, expectations, or the learning environment that teachers can use to support a student with specific learning needs. Learning accommodations are individual. What works for one student may not work for another, and performance may fluctuate daily. If learning accommodations are used for a student, a teacher can monitor their effectiveness and adjust as needed.
The following are some examples of how teachers can support a concussed student’s return to school:
Ultimately, the goal of learning accommodations is to support the student in participating in school to the best of their ability and to avoid:
- Exacerbating symptoms
- Delaying their recovery
- Having a negative impact on grades or social relationships
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