A Seattle child injury attorney shares five tips for parents who are sending their child back to school after an accident and traumatic brain injury.

Back to School After a Traumatic Brain Injury? A Guide for Parents

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can be extremely difficult to live with in the wake of an accident, especially if you are a child or teen. Because TBIs can affect the way that children think, look, move, and act, returning to school can prove to be a challenge—from keeping up in class, to interacting with classmates, to explaining what happened to those who ask.

Each year, over 600,000 children and teens visit the emergency room to be treated for a traumatic brain injury. It’s important to remember that many of these brain injuries don’t end with fast and complete recoveries. Here are a few tips for parents on making their child’s return to school after a head injury as smooth, comfortable, and successful as possible:

  • Pick the right time to return. Going back to school too early can be frustrating and overwhelming to a student struggling to recover from a brain injury. Make sure your child is both physically and emotionally ready to go back. Realize that some children may be ready far sooner (or later) than others, depending on their personalities and injuries.
  • Make a few short visits or consider partial days. Jumping back into school full time can be very stressful, and fielding too many questions on the fist day can be exhausting. Consider visiting school during recess or lunch to ease your child back into his or her environment.
  • Talk with your child's teacher and administrators. Make sure that the school is aware of your child’s return as well as your child’s medical status. It is never a bad idea to have your child’s medical team meet with your child’s educators, if possible.
  • Consider having your child tested. A test can help determine if you child has any new special needs after the accident. In addition, tests can gauge if your child has fallen behind his or her peers while recovering for the accident.
  • Connect with other parents. It is likely that there are other children in the school system who have survived traumatic brain injuries. Their parents will be invaluable resources— not to mention great people to share your experience with.

Was your child’s TBI the result of another person or entity’s negligence? You may wish to consult with a Seattle child injury attorney. The Andrew Kim Law Firm offers free consultations to the families of injured children. Call 800-636-3676 today to schedule your session.