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Concussion Care for Kids: Minds Matter

Adapting the Classroom for Concussion

What to expect after concussion

Flexibility is key. Every student’s concussion is unique.

After concussion, the most significant problem for the student tends to be a decrease in mental energy or cognitive stamina, like a battery that runs down much quicker than before. The student’s energy level will also be more variable due to the injury, so what is manageable one day is not necessarily manageable the next. Importantly, it is usually not one specific subject or activity that causes fatigue, but the combined demands over the course of the day or week.

To start, review and follow the letters you receive from the medical team to understand the specifics of the student’s deficits. Then, consider the accommodations and tips listed below to help with the recovery process for students with concussion.


Accommodations for students with concussion

When concussion symptoms start to get worse, it usually means the student has reached the point of over-exertion and needs a break. Some students with concussion may need a five- to 10-minute scheduled break, two to four times a day; while others may need to lie down and rest or nap in the middle of the day.

Please remember every student’s concussion is unique and will likely require some but not all of these special considerations.

Tips for classwork for students with concussion include:

Other academic accommodations that may be useful for students with concussion include:


Tips to address special needs and deficits caused by concussion

Children with concussion may have temporary or longer-term deficits that can make the school environment and schoolwork extra challenging. The following are tips for teachers to help address the special needs and deficits caused by concussion.

Attention and concentration problems

Comprehension and memory problems

Executive function problems

Visual and auditory processing information

Behavior, emotional or social problems


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If you suspect a concussion

Contact your child’s primary care doctor for evaluation.

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If symptoms persist, you can schedule an appointment with
a concussion specialist:

Sports Medicine and Performance Center

Pediatric Trauma Center