Students with acute concussion and those suffering with postconcussion syndrome require assistance at school or risk falling behind their peers. Some parents aren’t aware but it is true that when concussion sidelines and athlete he or she is highly vulnerable for school-related changes as well. Schools or educational teams who are interested in offering a comprehensive concussion education program are encouraged to contact CAMP or Dr. Sefton directly for consultation. Student athletes often require support in school while recovering from concussion. Support protocols like reduced work, extra time for tests, and deferred projects are just three commonly prescribed accommodations.
Individual programs can be integrated slowly on a team by team basis depending upon specific sport and unique needs. Dr. Sefton has specialized training in pediatric brain injury, concussion and neuropsychological assessment. Training for coaches and trainers is available and recommended to identify updated return-to-play protocols and current standards of care. Both web-based and individualized ImPACT testing is available for preseason and after injury assessment. Return-to-play consultation is available with trainers and team physicians 24/7 at 508-579-0417 and email firstname.lastname@example.org
School districts interested in using CAMP for supporting athletes injured while playing sports can contact Dr. Sefton at 508-579-0417. Parents and physicians may call Dr. Sefton at any time to discuss individual injuries and school and sports re-entry after injury. Post injury testing and neuropsychological consultation is also available.
Return-to-School Care Plan
Some students who are injured playing in school sports may require a return to school care plan. Dr. Sefton will consult with student, parents, and school personnel to assist with short-term accommodations in school that can assure for continued success in academic domains. Not all children require changes in their educational programs but careful consideration of the child’s school functioning is essential.
Classroom teachers should be advised to monitor the student athlete for the following signs:
Increased problems paying attention/concentrating
Increased problems remembering/learning new information
Longer time required to complete tasks
Increase in physical symptoms (e.g., headache, fatigue) during schoolwork
Greater irritability, less tolerance for stressors