Managing Concussions in Schools

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Managing Concussions in Schools

SKU# 9780826169228

A Guide to Recognition, Response, and Leadership

Author: Susan Davies Ed.D., NCSP


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The first book to focus on managing concussions from prevention to post-concussion return to school

Concussions pose a serious and complex issue for schools—from determining if a student may have suffered a concussion during a school activity to ensuring that students diagnosed with this condition can safely and effectively resume study, recreation, and sports. This is the first comprehensive text for front-line school staff, including psychologists, counselors, and nurses, on managing concussions in students, from prevention to postconcussion return to school. With a focus that addresses concussions on and beyond the sports field, the book describes how to create and lead a concussion management team in school and provides clear, nontechnical information on how concussions can affect learning, mental health, and social–emotional functioning; tools for school-based concussion assessment; and guidelines for creating accommodation plans in collaboration with the family, community, and school team.

The text guides key school professionals in navigating the barriers, system issues, knowledge gaps, and complexities in recognizing and responding to student concussions. Case studies integrated throughout each chapter feature the same four students from point of injury to recovery. Reproducible forms and handouts include signs and symptoms checklists, a postconcussion care plan, a checklist of academic adjustments, and progress monitoring tools.

Key Features:

  • Offers comprehensive, practical information on concussion for school psychologists, counselors, and nurses
  • Provides skills in developing and leading a school-based concussion management team
  • Explains how concussions can affect learning, mental health and social-emotional functioning
  • Offers tools for school-based concussion assessment
  • Includes guidelines for creating symptom-based adjustments to the learning environment in collaboration with family, community, and school team
  • Includes in-depth case studies and handouts, forms, and checklists

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 10, 2016
  • Page Count 168
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826169228

About The Author(s) 

Susan C. Davies, EdD , is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the School Psychology Program at the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH. A nationally certified school psychologist, she is the founder and coordinator of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Traumatic Brain Injury Interest Group. Dr. Davies currently advises the Ohio Department of Health on developing and leading a return-to-learn concussion team model for Ohio schools. She also served as a participant in the CDC’s Expert Concussion Workgroup and as a reviewer of the American Academy of Neurology’s revised sport concussion policy. She has over 15 years’ experience in the field of school psychology as a practicing psychologist, program evaluator, and university faculty member. The primary focus of her research addresses traumatic brain injuries in school populations, including such issues as increasing educator awareness of TBI, efficacy of specific interventions, and developing model service plans for students with TBI. Her work has been published in such peer-reviewed publications as Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, Contemporary School Psychology, Physical Disabilities and Related Services, School Psychology Forum, Psychology in the Schools, Journal of Applied School Psychology, Brain Injury, and Best Practices in School Psychology V. Dr. Davies is the coauthor (with Paul Jantz and Erin Bigler) of Working with Traumatic Brain Injury in Schools (2014.)

Table of Contents 



1. Overview of Concussions

2. The Aftermath: Effects of Concussions

3. The Concussion Team Model

4. Concussion Assessment

5. Recovery: Return to Academics, Return to Play

6. Adjustments to the School Environment

7. Prevention and Training