Returning to School after a Concussion

Returning to School after a Concussion

Returning the student to school after a concussion can pose several challenges for families, healthcare providers and school personnel.

We know how vital a child’s academic and social development is and having a concussion can greatly effect when a child can return to school. Returning the student to school after a concussion can pose several challenges for families, healthcare providers and school personnel. This review of the current literature examines the available data and expert recommendations that can support a student’s successful return to school following concussion.

Teachers should be cautious that cognitive overexertion related to classwork and testing may exacerbate existing concussion symptoms or cause the re-emergence of symptoms that had previously resolved. The student may have difficulties with memory and paying attention following concussion; Some classroom can cause an intolerable environment for a concussion patient ie: bright lights and loud noises. It is vital that the student and family, the school and the healthcare provider are able to communicate effectively, monitor post-concussion symptoms, for the child to successfully return to school.

When can my child return to school?

It will solely depend on your child's injury and recovery is unique and requires careful observation from both the parents and doctors. Your doctor should customize a plan based on your child’s recovery, so your child can move through the plan at his or her own pace.

Call 911 if your child has any of the following symptoms

  • Seizures (twitching or jerking movement of parts of the body; may look stiff)
  • Weakness or tingling in the arms or legs
  • Cannot recognize people or places
  • Confused, restless or agitated
  • Impaired consciousness
  • Difficult to arouse or unable to awaken
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Bloody or clear fluid from the nose or ears
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