Traumatic Brain Injuries. WHAT IS A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY? Traumatic brain injury means an injury caused by an external force, such as a blow to the head. Important TBI Facts:. • TBI is the leading cause of death AND disability in people ages 1-35
•TBI is the leading cause of death AND disability in people ages 1-35
•A “mild” brain injury can seriously disrupt higher order thinking, executive functions, and social behavior. Multiple brain injuries of any severity cause cumulative damage.
•The younger child shows greater impact
•Even very severe TBIs may not show up on scans
•TBI almost always adversely affects behavior
•Even knowledgeable physicians miss the long term effects of TBI
Mild: •Concussion •Brief loss of consciousness •Amnesia or AMS w/o the loss of consciousnessModerate: •Loss of consciousness for 1-24 hours •Subdural hematoma (bleed in the brain)
Severe:•Loss of consciousness for more than 24 hours
This email is to inform you that Snoopy sustained a head injury on October 23, 2013. The student was evaluated by a medical professional and was diagnosed with a concussion. It is generally recommended that the student rests for two to three weeks after their head injury in order to allow the brain to heal. Therefore, we ask that during this time, and/or until he is cleared by medical staff, you provide the following accommodations in your classroom:
1. No physical activity other than walking
2. No tests, quizzes, or major assignments should be given to the student during the healing time. Allow him to make up this work when he has recovered
3. Allow the student to take breaks when needed. If he needs to see the nurse or go to the counseling center for rest please allow him to do so.
4. Light classwork. Provide the student with copies of class notes
Also, if you notice any changes in his behavior (i.e., irritability/fatigue, difficulty with his memory and/or sustaining attention, slower processing speed, sensitivity to light and sounds) please notify me or the nurse immediately. I will be sure to inform you when the student has been cleared to resume normal activities. Thank you
This email is to inform you that Snoopy has been examined by medical personnel and has been cleared to resume normal activities. Thank you for your cooperation during his healing period in providing him with the appropriate accommodations in the classroom.
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