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Brain injuries can mean learning strategies change

When a student suffers from a traumatic brain injury, the strategies that are used to teach the student might need to change. The manner in which the strategies change depends upon the effects of the TBI. It is crucial that the people who work with the student ensure that the student gets the help he or she needs instead of trying to shoehorn the student into the classic learning environment.

Even when the student isn't in the formal learning environment, the adaptations to the traditional learning style that are made can help the student with his or her studies. It is important that the caregivers and teachers work together to determine the student's challenges so they can find the methods that will work.

Some of the methods that might be useful for people with a TBI include keeping distractions to a minimum, dividing work into smaller tasks and repeating information. Using cues, such as having color-coded task assignments or giving written steps for a task, can help some people who have suffered from a TBI.

Most often, brain injuries will affect a student's memory, organization, concentration, ability to follow directions and attention. Some of the methods used to help students with a TBI, such as providing written instructions for school assignments, can help the student in more than one of these areas.

For the caregivers and teachers who work with students who have suffered a TBI, extra time is usually required for each task. This can be especially challenging when schedules must be kept; however, trying to rush can be devastating.

If your child suffered a TBI, he or she might need more personalized learning. Private schools and tutors can be expensive, so you might opt to explore seeking compensation to help defray some of the expenses.

Source: Brain Injury Association of America - Oregon, "Teaching Strategies for Students with Brain Injuries," Marilyn Lash, accessed Oct. 11, 2016

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