Common Classroom Problems Associated with TBI
Common Classroom Problems
- Attention span.
- Attention shifting and focusing.
- Reasoning and problem solving.
- Word retrieval difficulties.
- Hyper-verbal speech.
- Confabulation, which usually results from misperceiving the world and making incorrect interpretations, rather than purposeful lying.
- Expressive speech or language problems, such as,
- Discourse ability (speaking on a topic).
- Tangential speech or difficulty maintaining a topic of conversation.
- Receptive language problems.
- Sexually demonstrative behavior.
- Inflexibility, impulsivity, or difficulty organizing thinking.
- Processing complex information.
- Learning new information.
- Retrieval or storage of information.
- Problem solving or judgment.
Long Term Consquences of TBI
There is a tendency when working with students who have had a brain injury to believe that the early rapid physical healing indicates cognitive recovery will be equally rapid and complete. Unfortunately, physical recovery is not an indication that long-term recovery will continue rapidly or be complete. Two years after a brain injury, the following problems continued in two separate studies.
- Memory problems (74%)
- Fatigue (72%)
- Word-finding difficulties (67%)
- Irritability (67%)
- Impaired speed of thinking (64%)
- Impaired concentration (62%)
- Depressed mood (40-50%)
"Patricia Sublette, PhD (2007)
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Ponsford, J. Sloan, S. Snow P. (1995).Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation for Everyday Adaptive Living.Hove, U.K.: Lawrence Erlbaum
Glenn MB, O'Neil-Pirozzi T, Goldstein R, Burke D, Jacob L. (2001). Depression amongst outpatients with traumatic brain injury.Brain Injury,15(9), 811-818.