Returning to learning following a concussion

Mark E. Halstead, Karen Mcavoy, Cynthia D. Devore, Rebecca Carl, Michael Lee, Kelsey Logan

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Following a concussion, it is common for children and adolescents to experience difficulties in the school setting. Cognitive difficulties, such as learning new tasks or remembering previously learned material, may pose challenges in the classroom. The school environment may also increase symptoms with exposure to bright lights and screens or noisy cafeterias and hallways. Unfortunately, because most children and adolescents look physically normal after a concussion, school officials often fail to recognize the need for academic or environmental adjustments. Appropriate guidance and recommendations from the pediatrician may ease the transition back to the school environment and facilitate the recovery of the child or adolescent. This report serves to provide a better understanding of possible factors that may contribute to difficulties in a school environment after a concussion and serves as a framework for the medical home, the educational home, and the family home to guide the student to a successful and safe return to learning. Pediatrics 2013;132:948-957.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)948-957
Number of pages10
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013


  • Academics
  • Cognitive deficits
  • Head injury
  • Mild traumatic brain injury
  • Pediatrics
  • Return to learn
  • Return to school

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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