Traumatic Brain Injuries Essay

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Teaching Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries Mike Willis Grand Canyon University: EED 358 September 7, 2013 Teaching Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries Ready, Set, Hut, Hut! Not until recently there was a lot of discussion with people that were diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). TBI occurs when there is an injury to the head that is so strong that is causes damage to the brain. It can also occur if shaken way too hard. This condition has been discussed more frequently since a lot of NFL players has been diagnosed with this due to constant aggravation to the brain on the field due to constant tackling. It has also been caused in motor vehicle accidents and gunshot wounds to the head. Any of those causes can happen to an infant or a child, but one of the most common for that age range is being shaken to severely, dropped, or falling out of something that is high like a crib or a window. This essay will discuss how to teach a student with TBI that includes student goals, treatments, and rehabilitation. Since the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), eligible students have the right to a free and appropriate public education (IDEA, 1997). According to IDEA, “Traumatic Brain Injuries is the injury to the brain caused by an external physical force, resulting in total or partial functional disability or psychosocial impairment” that affects a student’s educational accomplishments (Cave, 2004). When a student has TBI, it will affect how they think, therefore the teacher must be prepared on a variety of strategies based on the student’s individual learning ability and their learning style. The student also will have a change in their cognition as well as their behavior, so it is not easily stated that two students will display the same characteristics even though the diagnosis is the same. There are three levels of TBI: mild,
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