Students who suffer a concussion often have to stay out of school for a period of time to support their recovery. Since symptoms can linger after their doctor gives the all-clear to return, transitioning back to school may not be as simple as hopping on the bus and rejoining their class.
Students may require specific accommodations or support as they gradually return to being fully functioning. Supporting their recovery involves managing the school’s response and providing the help your student will need at home. Read on for specific ways you can support your student as they return to school.
What can the school do?
Most students will succeed with cooperation from their classroom teachers. Making simple academic adjustments, such as minimizing homework or reading assignments, may allow the student to complete their recovery while having access to in-person learning.
For more severe or persistent symptoms, parents can request a meeting with the school to discuss three different types of formal support plans: Individualized Education Plans, 504 Plans, and Response to Invention Protocol Plans. Your school can tailor each plan for your student’s individual needs.
What can you do at home?
Encouraging your child to do well in school during recovery may feel uncomfortable, as the advice is counterintuitive for promoting academic success. Be prepared to suggest that your student:
- Spend fewer hours at school and on schoolwork
- Be given more time for tests and assignments
- Receive help, such as tutoring, with schoolwork
- Take rest breaks often
- Reduce time spent on the computer, reading and writing
Supporting your student’s gradual return to school by limiting the amount of strain they endure will ultimately allow your student to fully recover more quickly.