The following academic tips should assist you in working with students who have a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in post-secondary education.
Provide a hard copy of your course syllabus on the first day of class
Provide copies of instructor notes or PowerPoint presentations
Make your expectations clear. Say, "I expect you to..."
Give directions one step at a time and provide them in writing
Give written reminders of assignments and test dates
Give examples to go with new ideas and concepts
Inform student in advance of any changes, give details
Give many opportunities to practice and demonstrate skill mastery
Understand the student's level of fatigue
Reduce visual and auditory distractions
Recommend a reduced course load
Recommend online courses, incompletes or hybrid classes when absences are excessive
Be firm and clear with absence policy and give frequent reminders
Suggest dropping a class or two if academic load is too heavy
Suggest recording meetings outside of class to improve memory retention
Preferential seating can make these students more comfortable
Be tolerant of frequent visits, questions, and concerns
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