Helping a Child Return to School After a Brain Injury

A child returning to school after a head injury can seem like a step back to ‘normality’, while it can be of benefit to a child’s recovery, it is a new stage of rehabilitation - one that comes with its own challenges.

Children with a brain injury may find it difficult to transition back into school life, as they realise there are things that they cannot do as easily as before their accident. For instance, a brain injury can impact a child’s concentration and attention span. If people around the child do not know this, the child may be seen as ‘naughty’. 

The advice is aimed at teachers and parents who would like to understand how a child with a brain injury aged between five and 11 years old should be treated when they return to school and what they can do to help. 

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