A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can, of course, be serious for a person of any age. However, children who experience brain injuries can experience different symptoms and effects than many adults. This is because the brains of children are not yet fully developed and the effects can vary depending on the specific stage of development of a particular TBI patient. Therefore, the needs of a young brain injury patient must be evaluated on an individual basis.
While a TBI can be a different experience for each young patient, brain injuries have the potential to cause behavioral, cognitive, emotional, language-related, and physical impairments for a period of time or even permanently. For school-aged children, this can be particularly difficult to deal with and many young TBI patients require special services or accommodations in order to succeed on their educational path.
Many TBI victims are ordered to rest for some time so their injuries can properly heal and this can include both physical and mental rest. This means that many children with serious TBIs may not return to school for a while after their injuries. Children’s hospitals and social workers can often work with your child’s school to ensure they do not lose significant progress and this may be achieved through light tutoring or home-schooling specifically tailored to a brain injury patient.
Just because a child is cleared to return to school does not mean they do not still feel the effects of their injury, as TBI symptoms can persist for an extended period of time. These symptoms can also have a huge impact on a child’s ability to succeed in a classroom setting, specifically with the following tasks and more:
- Paying attention for extended periods of time;
- Reading aloud in class;
- Taking timed tests or completing timed assignments;
- Giving speeches or oral reports;
- Following instructions from a teacher;
- Communicating their thoughts to other students or teachers;
- Comprehending communications directed toward them;
- Participating in physical education or recess.
It is important to ensure your child’s school is doing everything they can to protect the rights of your child to a fair education under the law. Accommodations can be made including allowing your child frequent breaks, allowing them to take tests untimed, meetings with speech and language therapists, excusing them from reading out loud or physical activities, and much more.
Even with accommodations and special resources, your child may still struggle in school as a result of a serious traumatic brain injury and the injury may even affect their higher education and career paths.
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If your child has sustained a traumatic brain injury and you believe that someone else was at fault, please call an experienced brain injury lawyer at Brain Injury Counsel in Baltimore to discuss your case. We understand the complex nature of brain injuries in children and we will evaluate your situation and advise you of your legal rights. Please call for a free consultation at 888-387-3878.