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Traumatic Brain Injury: What Teachers Should Know

A traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal funciton of the brain. 1.7 million TBIs occur each year.

A TBI can result from:

Common Symptoms of TBI

Cognitive/CommunicationEmotional/BehavioralPhysical
Feeling Dazed or in a fog Irritability Dizziness
Disorientation Quick to anger Weakness
Confusion Decreased motivation Changes in balance
Difficulty concentrating Anxiety Headaches
Slowed information processing Depression Changes in vision
Difficulty learning new information Social withdrawal Changes in hearing
Difficulty with memory Does not get the “gist” of social interactions Sleep disturbance
Difficulty juggling multiple tasks May comment on or react to things that seem random to others Fatigue
Communicating in “socially unacceptable” ways
Difficulty with concentration and attention

Identification of Students with TBI

Key Questions to Ask When Identifyting Students with TBI

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Questions? Contact Melissa McCart, TBI Teams Project Coordinator
541-346-0597
mccartm@cbirt.org