ERIC Number: EJ945410
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Reference Count: 28
On Impact: Students with Head Injuries
Canto, Angela I.; Chesire, David J.; Buckley, Valerie A.
Communique, v40 n1 p1, 35-37 Sep 2011
Students with head injuries may not be as "low incidence" as previously believed. Recent efforts from the American Academy of Pediatrics (2010), the National Football League, and other agencies are attempting to raise awareness of traumatic brain injury (TBI) among students. Along with awareness, there has been an increased publicity effort via public service announcements and position statements to provide medical professionals, parents, and school personnel with guidelines for how to identify brain injury and how to help students postinjury. A recent statewide survey of practicing school psychologists in Florida found that the vast majority of respondents indicated that they had very limited or no experience evaluating or consulting with students who have had a traumatic brain injury. It is unlikely that there are no injured students in their schools, but plausible that many of these injuries are going unreported to the schools or that the students are not being referred to the school psychologist for services. Unfortunately, the array of difficulties (physical, cognitive, affective, and behavioral) experienced by students post-TBI, even for mild concussions, is vast and can last several weeks to years after the injury. In this article, the authors aim to provide practitioners with the background knowledge needed to work with students post-TBI.
Descriptors: School Psychologists, Head Injuries, Brain, School Personnel, At Risk Students, Special Needs Students, Consciousness Raising, Knowledge Level, School Counselors, Incidence, Severity (of Disability), Children, Adolescents, Memory, Neurological Impairments, Affective Behavior, Behavior Problems, Physical Disabilities
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