Students With Brain Injuries Find Help in New Project for Concussion Management November 25, 2009
Some children suffering the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) require unique resources and strategic teaching or study methods in school. According to optometrist Lynn Helerstein, who treats brain injury patients for vision problems, a new resource has become available– not only for those children– but for those who are working with them. Although many schools lack the preparation and resources to help these students achieve when they return to school after suffering brain injuries, the REAP Project is designed to help those students upon their return to the educational system.
Based in Colorado, the REAP Project (an acronym for Reduce, Educate, Accommodate, Pace) is a “TBI Trust Fund Education grant between Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children/Health One Emergency Departments and four school districts.” It is essentially a published manual of the results of a CDC-funded study from 2004 to 2007. In the research of students with brain injuries (specifically concussions) as compared to student peers without brain injuries, the CDC discovered the two most important factors in all aspects of concussion management: education and collaboration. Specifically, these terms refer to good communication between “a School Team, a Family Team and a Medical Team” in creating a “community based concussion (mTBI) management program.” In short, the REAP Project and manual promote a “Community-Based Approach to Concussion Management” so that students who suffer from mild TBI can achieve greater success in their learning environments.
If your child has suffered a concussion or another form of brain injury, do not hesitate to seek medical attention. Every brain injury is a serious matter and must be treated properly. If you have questions regarding children and brain injuries, contact child brain injury attorney Chris Keane, and he will answer your questions for free with compassion and professionalism. 1-888-592-KIDS.
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