BrainSTEPS: Return to Learn Fall 2014 Webinar Series: Students (K-12) with Concussion - Supporting E

Speaking: Dr. David

In this presentation we will first briefly review the symptomatic presentation of youth with prolonged recovery and identify the demographic, injury-related, and symptomatic risk factors for prolonged recovery. The correlates and sequelae of prolonged recovery will also be reviewed, such as depression, anxiety, attentional and concentration difficulties, sleep problems, headache, and suicidal ideation and behavior. Next, we will describe a current best practice for management of prolonged recovery, deciding which set of symptoms and impairments to target first, and psychosocial and pharmacological approaches to management of prolonged recovery. Finally, we will suggest approaches to parent education, school and athletic management, and screening for behavioral health issues that may prevent development of prolonged recovery and will lead to earlier identification of youth at risk for prolonged recovery.