Concussion Recovery In Students

Concussion Recovery In Students

Jeanne Dise-Lewis, Ph.D.
A concussion can result in temporary physical, cognitive, or behavioral changes for children and youth. This tip card helps parents, educators and athletic staff monitor symptoms and track recovery at home and in school. It provides strategies for supporting the student in the classroom with suggestions for temporary accommodations.
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Fortunately, most students will recover quickly from a concussion with no lasting effects. This tip card helps families and school staff support the student’s recovery process by learning about the signs and symptoms of concussion, identifying accommodations for the classroom, and increasing communication among educational and athletic staff.
Pages 8
Year 2011


Jeanne Dise-Lewis, Ph.D.

Dr. Dise-Lewis is a child clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Learning and Development from the University of Pennsylvania and Doctoral degree in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver.

Dr. Dise-Lewis is the head of the psychology programs in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Children’s Hospital, Denver where she has worked since 1990 developing and carrying out many innovative programs of education and service for children who have had acquired brain injuries and their families.


This tip card helps parents and school and athletic staff...

  • monitor symptoms
  • support students in school
  • recognize cognitive challenges

Monitor Changes

  • Changes in behavior and energy
  • Changes in thinking
  • Changes at school

Recovering from a Concussion

  • Keep your child's head out of traffic for awhile!

                  Tips for protecting your child from further injury…

  • Avoid any alcohol or drugs
  • Rest and take time off

                  Tips for helping your child rest…

Supporting Students in School

  • Meet and share information

                  Tips for convening a school team meeting…

  • Temporary accommodations

                  Tips for teachers on short term accommodations…



Recovering from a Concussion

Almost all uncomplicated concussions in children and adolescents resolve gradually and completely over a period of a few days to 3 weeks. During this time, it is important to give the brain a chance to heal. Here are some ways to help and support recovery from a concussion in your child or student.

Keep your child's head out of traffic for awhile!

How long is “a while?” It's hard to know, but at least 8 days. About a third of children seem able to go back to sports in about 10 days, another third in 2 weeks, and a third take more than 3 weeks before their brains are recovered from their concussions. Your child's doctor can best advise on resuming sports and other activities.

Having a second, third or more concussions can be dangerous for your child. It is not only the number of concussions that can injure the brain, but also the time between repeated concussions that affects recovery.
Tips for protecting your child from further injury…

— Educate your child about concussion symptoms.

— Talk with your child's doctor about the concussion and any prescribed and/or over the counter medications.

— Encourage your child to talk with the doctor, school nurse, school psychologist, athletic trainer, or other people who know about concussion management. They will help determine “when and what” is safe for your child.

— Avoid activities where there is any chance your child's head will be hit or jostled.

— Prevent your child's brain from further injury by closely monitoring activities at home and with friends.