Accommodations for TBI

DadeSchools created a quick list of accommodations that may be useful for a student who has recently suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury. These accommodations can be incorporated into the classroom temporarily following a TBI, or added to a 504 Plan or IEP, depending on the severity of the injury and its impact on the student’s educational functioning.

Environmental Modifications:

  • minimize extraneous auditory and visual stimulation (use study carrels or room dividers)
  • provide preferential seating
  • arrange seating to allow for more space between students
  • provide small group instruction
  • structure student’s activities and schedule to limit number of changes and reduce unstructured time
  • limit number of persons that the student deals with each day
  • provide the student with a written schedule and keep the schedule as consistent as possible
  • provide area to keep supplies, books, etc., away from student’s work area
  • select a classroom buddy

Learning Strategies:

  • gain the student’s attention before speaking
  • break complex tasks down into component parts and complete each part before trying to combine the components
  • provide frequent repetition of important tasks
  • utilize the child’s best sensory modality
  • question student to be sure the information was received and interpreted clearly and provide feedback as necessary
  • provide cueing systems in the form of assignment books, placing task cues on student’s desk, etc.
  • provide verbal and written instruction
  • shorten assignments and/or divide assignments into parts
  • structure thinking processes graphically through outlines, graphs, flow charts and models
  • develop a system for maintaining organization
  • facilitate note taking by providing outlines with major headings
  • give short frequent quizzes, rather than all inclusive exams
  • accompany homework with written instructions
  • initiate a behavior modification program for academic and/or interpersonal behavior skills encouraging student to chart his or her progress.

 

via http://ese.dadeschools.net/tbi/2classroom.html, which was accessed from the National Association of Special Education Teachers website on TBI (https://www.naset.org/traumaticbraininj2.0.html), which may also be valuable for finding other resources and interventions for TBI.

 

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