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Transitioning to college after brain injuries is a challenge

Around the world, a growing number of children are being diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and acquired brain injury (ABI). One of the biggest challenges for Delaware children who suffer from brain injuries is managing their recovery while continuing with their educations and social lives. Researchers are now paying more attention to the science behind how best to transition a child back to school and then into college after such an injury.

Currently, research shows that there are no interventions that have been tested rigorously that show increased academic achievement in school. One of the most vulnerable times for a young person who has experienced a traumatic brain injury is the transition from high school to college. Recently, the College Survey for Students with brain injury addressed this issue.

Self-regulation coaching was one of the most effective tools used in this study. It is important to empower students, especially as they get older, to make decisions that will positively affect and protect their neurological health. Systematic transition aided by medical professionals, teachers and parents can be helpful in making sure guidance is available during this journey.

Coaching students with the right self-regulation tools has been proven successful, but there are likely many more best practices that science will uncover in the future. Until then, teachers, parents and medical professionals should work together to establish a plan that makes sense based on the available research and the young person's specific brain injuries. This type of medical care can be expensive, and personal injury or insurance law often is involved in determining who should cover these costs. A Delaware lawyer is a good resource to understand the options in this regard.

Source: sciencedaily.com, "How can we help children with brain injuries transition back to school?", May 15, 2018

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