Individuals who have experienced a minor brain injury (TBI) or concussion need comprehensive assessment to determine their areas of strength and weakness and provide recommendations for treatment to help them successfully negotiate their academic and personal lives.
Evaluation for a brain injury or TBI starts with assessing the areas of general cognitive and information processing (i.e. intellectual abilities) and academic functioning. Results of these assessments are compared to see how well the student is performing given his or her areas of cognitive strength and weakness. If prior cognitive testing was done, results cam be compared to determine any changes in functioning. Testing for short- and long- term memory is typically completed when assessing for a TBI. Measures for attention and executive functioning are also completed by the parent, teacher and student to assess specific areas of difficulty. Information regarding emotional and/or behavioral difficulties is gathered to assess any areas of emotional or behavioral concern. Specific recommendations for changes to a student’s environment following a brain injury is included.
During these assessment sessions, students will sit at a table with the clinician while they complete each activity. They will use an iPad, will write in various workbooks, and answer questions that the clinician may ask. Some of the activities are challenging while others are easier. Many students find most of the activities to be enjoyable. Breaks are taken whenever necessary. Clinicians strive to ensure the process is a positive experience for the student.Session timeframes can be adjusted to meet the needs of the student.
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