More than 140,000 children present to emergency departments each year with concussions. Of those, approximately 30 percent are sports-related, but the majority occur as a result of accidents, such as falls from bikes or skateboards or motor-vehicle accidents.
Children who suffer a concussion  are plagued with many of the same symptoms as adults with head injuries, including:
Unfortunately, these symptoms can make it difficult for children to readjust to the often over-stimulating school environment – think crowded hallways, noisy cafeterias and frenzied gymnasiums. Concussion symptoms  also can have a significant impact on learning and school performance. Therefore, children who suffer a concussion should not return to school until they are cleared to do so by their treating physicians.
Once cleared to return to school, try these tips to ease re-entry:
If cognitive deficits (problems with memory) are still present after returning to school, try these strategies:
Physical, occupational and speech therapists with expertise in the treatment of pediatric concussion  can help alleviate concussion symptoms as well as help facilitate school re-entry.