A concussion is an injury to the brain.   Concussion or Mild Traumatic Brain Injury are common in children and may be caused by a fall or a blow to the head.  A mild brain injury might also happen if the head hits an object, for example in a car, bicycle accident or during a sports event. 
 

Symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Sleepiness or difficulty falling asleep
  • Feeling confused or dazed
  • Difficulty concentrating, thinking, or making decisions
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty with coordination or balance
  • Trouble remembering things
  • Blurred vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Feeling anxious or irritable for no apparent reason
  • Evaluation:

The Physical Therapist (PT), Occupational Therapist (OT)  and/or  Speech Language pathologist (SLP) will talk with you about your child’s medical history  and then perform a and physical exam, complete standardized testing, observe your child performing a variety of activities.  The therapist may also talk with other medical providers and collaborate with the school to understand your child’s needs.  After the evaluation you and the therapist will discuss the next steps.
 

Common Treatment Interventions:

Speech therapy - Cognitive therapy
Physical therapy – Balance, Strength and Coordination
Occupational therapy – ADL’s, Visual Perceptual
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