ERIC Number: ED341172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Traumatic Brain Injury: What the Teacher Needs To Know.
Intended for use by the classroom teacher, this guide presents teaching suggestions as well as suggested resources for teaching children with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Emphasis is placed on working with the injured family and the importance of planning for transition and re-entry into the classroom through a continuum of settings. Teachers are encouraged to become informed about TBI because of their direct service role, the high incidence of TBI, and the recognition of TBI in public law. Common problems associated with TBI are identified and include: impaired memory, attentional deficits, visual field losses, confusion and hesitancy in word finding, and behavioral problems. Also discussed are identification of the TBI child, assessment (by a neuropsychologist and others), teaching methods which capitalize on the child's strengths, and the educational problem of deciding whether to retrain, remediate, or compensate. Descriptions are given of successful teaching strategies which may involve retraining or developing thinking processes, developing compensatory skills, coaching the thinking process, and applying behavioral principles and strategies. Three references and 13 suggested resources are included. Appendices provide information summaries, a glossary, and teaching models. (DB)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Involvement, Handicap Identification, Head Injuries, Learning Problems, Mainstreaming, Neurological Impairments, Neuropsychology, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Remedial Instruction, Student Characteristics, Student Evaluation, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills, Transitional Programs
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New York State Head Injury Association, Albany.
Note: For related documents, see EC 300 846-849.