For Families

JUNE 14, 2017

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

RETURN TO LEARN/ RETURN TO PLAY: CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES

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Families of children with a traumatic brain injury may have a difficult road ahead of them. Generally, brain injuries and their outcomes are less understood than most developmental disabilities and learning disorders. Because of this lack of understanding, your child’s educational experience may be challenging or may be misidentified as other diagnoses (i.e. Attention Deficit Disorder). Learn about brain injuries.The more you know, the more you can help your family.

One of the most important things you can remember as a family member of a child with a brain injury is to follow your instincts and be sure to share the injury with your child's school or daycare!

A child’s recovery from their brain injury requires coordinated, cooperative efforts from the most important people in his/her life (i.e. parents, siblings, teachers, coaches, friends, health care professionals).  It is important to establish this teamwork and consult and collaborate together about effective interventions or accommodations at home and at school. It is important to gather information that will help with the transition back to school. Begin to include the school right away in planning for education.

General Tips for Families

  • Encourage and praise your child's progress. Focus on one day at a time by setting small goals as steps toward accomplishing larger ones.
  • Establish a daily structure (consistent times for all activities). Communicate this routine with the people in your child's life (educators, rehabilitation team, siblings, etc.).
  • Develop strategies to compensate for challenges (use journals, day planners, watches with alarms, calendars, smart phone apps, I Pads, visual schedules, and medication dispensers) Communicate these strategies with the people in your child's life (educators, rehabilitation team, siblings, etc.)
  • Encourage your child to use their strengths whenever possible.
  • Seek the support and services of community members (professionals, church members, support groups).
  • Involve peers, the school, and the community when the time is right for your family.

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