When should children return to school after a concussion?

As parents, you are likely worried about many things after a child suffers a concussion or other brain injury. It’s possible that your child’s return to school is not your primary concern, especially in the first few days after the injury.

It is, however, something parents need to consider eventually. And because symptoms may emerge and change over time, the child’s educational needs may also change.

Signs and symptoms of a concussion

Children with concussions may not exhibit signs of the injury immediately. It is important to have them examined by a doctor after any accident that causes a blow to the body or head.

You may notice some of the following symptoms if your child has a concussion:

  • Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Emotional or mood changes
  • Nausea
  • Memory loss
  • Lack of concentration

Not surprisingly, these symptoms may make school difficult for the child. If you are not sure when to send your child back to school, there are steps you can take, including seeking evaluations by doctors and school psychologists.

How will a concussion affect a child’s abilities in school?

Children with concussions and other mild traumatic brain injuries may have trouble doing schoolwork and tests within the allotted times. They may also need oral and written assignment instructions and special accommodations for test taking.

These are just a few examples; every child’s needs will be unique. You may need to consult with medical and school professionals to determine when your child should go back to school and what type of help he or she needs.

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