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Return to school guidance after concussion released

The two-page document, from N-ABLES, is targeted at teachers and parents/carers of young people

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New guidance for a child’s return to school after they have sustained a concussion has been produced. 

The concise, easy-to-navigate guidance is aimed directly at teachers and parents supporting a young person in returning to school following concussion from any cause. 

The two-page document, Concussion Return-to-School Guidance, is produced by UKABIF National Acquired Brain Injury Learning and Education Syndicate (N-ABLES).

It reiterates the staged return to education advocated in the Government’s new grassroots sports guidance, but is targeted specifically at teachers and parents. 

Dr Emily Bennett, N-ABLES chair and consultant clinical neuropsychologist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust said: “Concussion is not just limited to sports injuries, this mild brain injury can happen in the playground, park or in the home. 

“A return to learning has to take priority over a return to sport. N-ABLES recommends this easy-to-use guide for use in all schools to help raise awareness of the effects of concussion and also to improve the understanding of its impact on learning.”

Dr Gemma Costello, N-ABLES steering committee member and educational psychologist in paediatric neuropsychology, said: “It’s important that parents understand how to monitor their child during the concussion recovery stage, and for teachers to be aware of the symptoms and the individual’s possible needs in the classroom”.

While research has suggested that an earlier return to the classroom could be beneficial, the guidance makes clear that every child is treated individually and a return to school takes place at their own pace. 

Page one of the guidance provides an overview of concussion, the symptoms, red flags, advice on when a student can RTS and resume normal activities, examples of support and further information. Page two delivers step-by-step return to school guidance. 

N-ABLES is looking to disseminate this resource as widely as possible across the UK, to all target audiences involved in the education and support of children and young adults with ABI, their parents and carers.

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