Whether parent, coach or teacher, we share a common goal: to return a student with a concussion back to the classroom as safely and as quickly as possible.
A child’s primary “job” or responsibility is to attend school and learn. Unfortunately, academic challenges are common after a student sustains a concussion. Although not every concussed child plays sports, every child is a student and the initial focus should be a return to school before return to sports.
Video FAQs about school re-entry after a concussion
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Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury, induced by biomechanical forces, caused by a blow or jolt to the head or body. It temporarily disrupts the normal functioning of the brain. Concussion is not a structural injury, so standard radiological tests are often normal. Read more about concussion.
Most people recover completely from a concussion in days or weeks, but symptoms can last much longer. Over-exertion, re-injury and academic or emotional stress can aggravate symptoms and prolong recovery. Allowing the student to re-enter academics in a graded and monitored fashion is ideal in minimizing these stressors. A student who has co-morbidities prior to his or her concussion, such as learning disorders or migraine headaches, often has a slower recovery period.
At The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, we use a five-step process called “Return to Learn” to manage a concussed student’s return to school. Information in this section is broken down by a child’s needs from the school generally, in the classroom specifically, and by his or her developmental stage.
Video FAQs about Return to Learn plan