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Ten Tips For Teachers Of Students With TBIs

1)      Find out about the child's injury and their needs. Research TBI. The more you know the easier your life and the child's life will be.

Give time. Children who suffer from TBIs often need more time and instruction to complete assignments. Understand that some topics will be more difficult for the child to comprehend than children who do not have mental disabilities.

Give directions one step at a time. Multiple step processes will be difficult for the child to understand. By giving each step separately, you allow the child to comprehend and acknowledge each step.

Use visual aids and other learning methods to teach the child new concepts. Children who suffer TBIs learn in different ways than other children. It is important that teachers keep their minds open and constantly think of new ways to teach these children. After they learn the new skill or concept, give them lots of opportunities to practice it.

Make it routine. Routine allows a child to become more comfortable. They know what to expect. If you need to change a routine, warn the child as best as possible a head of time.

Teach the student how to use an assignment notebook. This allows them to learn how to be organized.

Let the student rest if needed. A child who has suffered a TBI will be more likely to need rest than an uninjured child.

Reduce distractions. Children who have suffered TBIs usually are easily distracted.

Talk with the child's parents. Always inform parents about how their child is doing. They will probably have answers to a few of your worries and questions as well.

Be patient. This is the most important thing a teacher can do for a child who has suffered a TBI.

Shelly Leeke
South Carolina Injury Lawyer

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