If an athlete on the high school varsity football, lacrosse, or soccer team happens to be more than typically distracted, taking too long, has become inconsistent with routines or happens to frequently doze off in history class, the teacher’s first assumption might be to question the student’s motivation and him hitting his head three weeks ago might be long forgotten. But the data shows that 12% of those children with a mild brain injury continue to have persistent symptoms beyond 1 year and it is vital that all those involved educating such children be informed about the nuances of this hidden epidemic.
On this episode, Dr. Ann Glang, a special education researcher who for over 25 years has designed and studied interventions to support children and adolescents with TBI, educators, and families, will share how a brain injury as a condition differs from other disabilities and how best to support the needs of these students in the classroom and beyond. Considering the prevalence of traumatic brain injuries in children is on the rise, it is no surprise that they all end up in our schools and many in regular classrooms. By learning about the educational impact of such injuries to the brain, teachers and parents will gain the power and agency to make a difference in the life of every child.
About Ann Glang, Ph.D.
Dr. Ann Glang is a special education researcher who for over 25 years has designed and studied interventions to support children and adolescents with TBI, educators, and families. Dr. Glang has served as a principal investigator for numerous National Institutes of Health and Department of Education-funded projects in her role as a researcher and Director of the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training at University of Oregon. Her research interests include childhood brain injury prevention and interventions for helping teachers and families support children and adolescents with brain injuries.
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