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Accommodating Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries: Strategies for Students

Updated: Mar 2




Living with a concussion or traumatic brain injury can be incredibly challenging, especially for students who are trying to manage their symptoms while also excelling in their academic pursuits. The effects of a brain injury can include migraines, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and memory issues, which can make it difficult to keep up with schoolwork and exams.


However, with the right strategies in place, students with concussions and traumatic brain injuries can minimize their symptoms and keep their brains healthy. Here are ten tips to help students with concussions and traumatic brain injuries manage their symptoms and succeed in school:


1. Get plenty of rest: Your brain needs time to heal after a concussion, so make sure to prioritize rest and get plenty of sleep each night.


2. Stay hydrated: Dehydration can exacerbate symptoms of post-concussion syndrome, so be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.


3. Eat a healthy diet: A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats can support brain health and minimize symptoms.


4. Manage stress: Stress can worsen symptoms of post-concussion syndrome, so try to find healthy ways to manage stress, such as deep breathing, meditation, or exercise.


5. Take breaks when needed: If you find yourself getting fatigued or experiencing symptoms, don't be afraid to take breaks and give your brain a rest.


6. Avoid overexertion: Pushing yourself too hard physically or mentally can exacerbate symptoms, so be mindful of your limits and don't overexert yourself.


7. Use assistive technology: There are many apps and tools available that can help students with concussions and traumatic brain injuries manage their symptoms and stay organized with schoolwork, including blue-light protectors for your computer screen and phone. I have blue light protection on all of my screens to keep migraines at bay.


8. Communicate with your professors: Let your professors know about your condition and any accommodations you may need to succeed in class.


9. Seek out support: Whether it's from friends, family, or a professional, don't be afraid to ask for help and seek out support to manage your symptoms.


10. Explore disability accommodations: If you are applying to law school or are already a law student, it's important to explore the disability accommodations available to help you succeed.




By implementing these tips and seeking out the necessary accommodations, students with concussions and traumatic brain injuries can minimize their symptoms and succeed in their academic pursuits. With the right support and strategies in place, it is possible to thrive in school and beyond, even with a brain injury.


Our accommodations service is designed to support you in determining which accommodations are available and will help you manage your symptoms on exam day. We also prepare all required paperwork to submit to the Law School Admissions Council, your law school, or your state bar examiner.

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