What are the opportunities and venefits to educating a child with TBI in a general education classroom.?

TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)

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  • 1 decade ago
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    As with most disabilities, TBI can range from mild to severe and can impact ones factions in different ways. Many disabilities involve some brain abnormality. The thing that tends to set TBI apart from other disabilities is that one moment a person does not have a disability and the next moment the person does. Unlike those with birth defects or progressive degenerative disorders, TBI can be traumatic is so many ways. It impacts a person's physical health and may lead to challenges with memory, mobility, socialization, and employment that were not issues before the accident.

    There are many benefits for including students with disabilities into general education classrooms. These include access to the curriculum, inclusion in clubs and activities, and typical socialization. For students with TBI that have existing friends in general education settings and have previously performed in such settings, removing them from familiar supports is likely to hamper their retention and expansion of academic and social gains.

  • 1 decade ago

    Well that is something you look at on a case by case basis. Some children with TBI loose many skills/ functions including cognitive abilities. Other skills can be lose of physical movement/use of body. If a child has delays of this nature, it is difficult for a general ed school to accommodate their needs. If they have lose of any cognitive abilities, then a general ed program is definitely not for them, they will require a smaller environment as well as therapeutic interventions to address their needs.

    Whenever possible, it is great to mainstream children with special needs, but you have to weigh the pros and cons. Sometimes the way they are treated and excluded is more damaging than having them in school with other children with special needs.

    As I said, it is a case by case thing. Hope this helps!

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