Examples of Instructional Strategies

Cognitive-

  • Concentrate on auditory learning
  • No tests and or quizzes. Student should be focusing on completion of daily work along with completing make-up work
  • Take classroom breaks during the day in the library
  • Complete self-study time in the library
  • Early release from class to avoid busy hallways
  • Eat lunch in a quieter, less busy location instead of cafeteria
  • Larger Font for handouts when possible.
  • Audiobooks
  • Seat moved to front of class to reduce distractions
  • Clear Desk- Attend classes, but keep all work off desk- Participating in class lectures and group conversations
  • Reduce Smartboard and Computer Screen use-Communicate with teachers about receiving the notes on paper at the beginning of class
  • Request Teacher Notes for class- Follow along using High-liter
  • Practice Reading- Find Simple, Large Font books ex. Shel Silverstein, “Where the Sidewalk Ends”-Start with sentences, build up to paragraphs, focusing on reading skills (speed, accuracy)-build up to busy pages, smaller font books

Physical Activity-

  • No Physical Education Class. When possible, have the student complete rest time, or self-study time in the library or other quiet environment.
  • Physical Education Class- Cardio exercise only, no activities that can involve unintended contact. (walking, jogging, bicycle)
  • Avoid field trips at this time
  • Avoid school assemblies/pep rallies
  • Do not ride the bus at this time
  • Wear sunglasses during the day, including in the classroom

Nutrition-

  • Have snacks (protein) and water bottle readily available- examples include: trail mix, yogurt, protein/granola bars

Return to Learn

​Whether it’s the football field, the basketball court, the hockey rink, or any other arena, sports-related concussions continue to be a focus of concern for athletes, coaches, and parents.

Just as an athlete needs to rest his or her body after an injury, he or she also must rest the brain after a concussion. This may include modifying academic activities or staying home from school completely.

A Prescription For Instructional Strategies

If your child is diagnosed with a concussion, there are instructional strategies teachers or school administrators can put in place to assist in his or her recovery.

A health care provider trained in diagnosing and treating concussions can help prescribe these strategies. This can be your primary care physician or a concussion specialist such as those at Fairfax Family Practice Comprehensive Concussion Clinic.

For more information on returning to school after a concussion, please check out the American Academy of Pediatrics's Return to Learn statement.