Acquired Brain Injury / Traumatic Brain Injury

Head injury is one of the fastest growing types of disabilities; especially for individuals 15 to 28 years of age. More than 500,000 cases are reported each year. There is a wide range of differences in the effects of head/brain injury on an individual, and most cases result in some type of impairment. The functions that may be affected include: memory, cognitive/perceptual communication, speed of thinking, communication, spatial reasoning, conceptualizing, psychosocial behaviors, motor abilities, sensory perception, and physical disabilities including speech impairment.

Students with head / brain injury may be diagnosed as mild, moderate or severe.  One or more of the following modifications, adjustments, and/or accommodations may be needed.

  • Help organizing thoughts, cause-effect relationships, and problem solving
  • Processing information and word retrieving
  • Generalizing and integrating skills
  • Interaction with other people
  • Compensation for memory loss
  • Establish routines with step-by-step directions
  • Books and lectures on tape
  • Need of a tutor

*Also check the accommodations listed for Learning Disabilities.