EdWatch: Returning to learn after concussion

By Amy Cherry 7:18pm, January 7, 2014
VIDEO: WDEL's Amy Cherry talks with Nemours pediatric neuropsychologist Dr. Jane Crowley.
The return to learn after a concussion is even more important the return to the field.

WDEL's Amy Cherry has tips from a local doctor in this week's WDEL Delaware EducationWatch.

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Rarely in youth concussions is there a loss of consciousness Instead, they feel dizzy and confused, and just like athletes take their time returning to the field after suffering from a concussion, they need to take their time returning to learn too.

"Young people, their man job is to learn, as well as that is the capacity of their brain you want to preserve firstmost," says Dr. Jane Crowley, who's been a neuropsychologist at A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children for nearly three decades. She also serves as Clinical Director of Rehabilitation Psychology at the pediatric hospital.

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She recommends a student return to school for just portions of the day at first and slowly accelerate back into a full day at school.

"The seriousness of the concussion makes that being in a general environment, particularly one with light and noise is problematic; it's something they have to work their way back into, so we have lots of kids going back to school with sunglasses on and earplugs because you can imagine schools are some of the noisiest places in the world," Crowley says.

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She also calls for rest breaks in the school nurse's office, extended time for tests or projects, and a reduction in any makeup academic work.

Appoquinimink and Brandywine School Districts have issued complete concussion protocols. Crowley hopes more school districts will jump on-board.

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