Teacher’s Toolbox

As a classroom teacher, you should be aware of the basic facts about concussions and mTBIs, as well as the physical, cognitive, and emotional signs that may become apparent in a student who has sustained a concussion/mTBI:

  • All concussions are serious.
  • Any student with a suspected concussion should be removed from all physical activities.
  • Concussions can occur without directly hitting the head.
  • Chemical and metabolic changes occur in the brain during a concussion, interfering with normal brain activity.
  • Most concussions (90 percent) occur without loss of consciousness.
  • teacher-toolboxConcussions are not like short-term illnesses (e.g., the flu). Initially, if a student is home for a period of time following concussion, it is to ensure that total rest occurs. No cognitive activity such as television, texting, video games, studying, homework or reading should occur. During this acute period of total rest, teachers should not send missed work home.
  • Expecting a student with a concussion to complete typical school work and homework can result in a significant increase in symptoms and delay the recovery process. Cognitive overload causes cognitive fatigue. Typical Accommodations listed here.
  • Upon return to school, it is critical that the student focus on new learning and not missed work, due to the potential for prolonging recovery by inducing cognitive fatigue.
  • Prior conditions such as attention disorders, learning disorders, and emotional disorders tend to become exacerbated by a concussion.
  • Be aware that many students with lingering concussion symptoms may develop symptoms of depression and/or anxiety.
  • Pushing through concussion symptoms such as headache and fatigue can prolong recovery and increase symptom severity.

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