• About Traumatic Brain Injury

    Common Learner Characteristics

    • Impaired executive functioning skills in such things as:
    • Initiating or starting up an activity, organizing or planning the steps
    • Involvement in a project, and carrying out intended plans
    • Lack of organizational skills and failure to adjust mistakes

    How might these characteristics affect a child in the classroom?

    • Sitting idle until another person specifically directs him or her
    • Lacks energy
    • Takes too long to complete a task
    • Trouble following a sequence of directions
    • Difficulty with thinking ahead to what is needed in a given activity
    • Inability to notice and correct errors
    • Difficulty taking suggestions and using them to improve performance
    • Confused with time and/or spacial orientation
    • Fatigues easily
    • Could exhibit characteristics noted under Other Health Impairments and Physical Impairments
    • Difficulty with social skills
    • Difficulty shifting topics

    Next Steps

    • Discuss concerns with parents
    • Review student's past history (academic, medical, etc.)
    • Talk to previous teachers. Talk to counselors
    • Explore interventions and document the results
    • Follow school district's referral procedure