Teenage tips: returning to school

In our focus on teenagers this week, our second article shares more tips from our book Me and my brain.

Many teenagers look forward to going back to school after a brain injury as it marks a return to normality and a chance to socialise with friends. It can also be a worry because teachers and classmates don’t really understand what it means to have an acquired brain injury.  Having a meeting with teachers or the head teacher and your parents or carers can be very helpful. The same is true for a gradual return to school. There are lots of tips on returning to education and teenagers have shared their experience here:


“Five months after my accident, therapists and teachers decided that I could not only cope with being back in school but that it was where I would do best. I had an assistant to help me. I had shorter days and an altered timetable.”


“Going back to school was probably the hardest thing after my brain injury. I had changed a lot and was afraid that people would judge me or want to know all about my injury.”


“My advice to young people going back to school or going to college after a brain injury would be, build up gradually at your own pace. “Don’t push yourself too hard or else you will get too tired.”


“I was able to go back to school fairly quickly. This really helped my recovery but it was also good to know that I could do less hours if I needed to. “My friends and teachers were excited to see me again and this helped a lot. My mum was hesitant about me going back to school full-time but I told her if I was not feeling up to it as the day went on, I would tell her and come home. “But for me, getting back to school was just the thing I needed. I must admit that at first school was a struggle. But I had a lot of support from my teachers and friends. “I tried to take it all in my stride. It helped to be back in a routine.”

These tips were taken from our new teenage handbook, Me and my brain, which can be ordered here.

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