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The Center on Brain Injury
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Classroom Routines

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Students with brain injury often struggle with memory impairment, organization and focusing attention. Varying routines can create enough stress for a student with a brain injury that they cannot focus on the material they are to be learning.

Try to create routines consistent enough to permit brain injured students to learn. 

Strategies to Try

Students with brain injuries may need more or more detailed classroom routines than the average student to be successful.


Students with brain injuries need more instruction to learn and use classroom routines. They may need instruction each day for an extended length of time before they master the routines and they become automatic.


Consistency is important in classroom routines.


Examples of routines to practice: