Concussion in Children and Adolescents: Application of Return to Learning Policies, Best Practices, and Special Education Law
Purpose of Review
The goal of this review article is to examine policies for return to learning (RTL), and how RTL intersects with best practices and special education laws and regulations.
Concussion is a well-documented public health concern. Much research has been dedicated to return to play. However, recent focus has been geared towards RTL, as some evidence suggests that cognitive difficulties may linger somewhat longer than physical symptoms. While most concussions resolve quickly, some children are at higher risk for persistent symptoms (usually those with some additional concern such as depression or anxiety). The intersection of concussion and special education law is discussed.
Many children and adolescents who suffer from a concussion will have a relatively quick recovery, though there are educational needs even in the first week. Having an RTL plan, and understanding the legal rights of a child, is key to a successful reintegration back into school and cognitive demands.
KeywordsConcussion IDEA Return to learning
Compliance with Ethical Standards
Conflict of Interest
The author declares that she has no conflict of interest.
Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent
This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.
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