Children with brain injuries face significant challenges when transitioning from hospital or home to school where they face issues such as lack of educator understanding and catching up with missed work. Leading researchers in the field of pediatric brain injury from across the globe identify today’s key issues in supporting children and youth with brain injuries as they transition to school or college. The effects of pediatric TBI and ABI affect every aspect of functioning — cognitive, behavioral, and social.
One of the most glaring gaps is the absence of research that identifies policies and practices that have been shown to improve outcomes for students with TBI, note Dr. DePompei and Dr. Glang. “Systematic transition supports at re-entry to school and college are an important component of effective TBI support services. As we wait for the research practice gap to narrow, we must implement promising practices across settings to improve outcomes for children with brain injury,” they conclude.