This Return to Learn protocol is a visual tool that lists the graduated stages of progression when returning to learn and school following a concussion.
While almost 80-90% of concussions resolve within the first three weeks, some can take longer. Dealing with a concussion can be a daunting experience for both the concussed student as well as those involved in their care and recovery. Since no two concussions are the same, each student can experience different levels of symptom severity and progression. Therefore it is important to remember to never rush the process, and encourage students to only participate in those activities that they can tolerate without worsening symptoms. Returning to learn and school must always happen before the “6-step Return to Sport” strategy and be supervised by a trained medical professional preferably with experience in concussion management.
Divided between the home and school environment, the 6-stage Return to Learn strategy guides you through gradual increments in cognitive and physical activity and recommends activities at each stage, making it easy to understand each stage of the recovery process.
Intended to complement the recommendations of the 2016 Berlin Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport, the Parachute’s Return to Learn is useful to anyone involved in the care of a concussed student within the home and school environment, such as parents, caregivers, teachers, coaches and educators.