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What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. A concussion is caused by a bump or blows to the head. Even what may seem like a typical knock or ding to the head can be a serious concussion.

Your brain is made of soft tissue that is cushioned by spinal fluid and encased in the protected by your skull. When you sustain a concussion, the impact can jostle your brain around that can cause bruising, damage to blood vessels and injury to the nerves.

Concussions cannot be diagnosed visually. Signs and symptoms of a concussion can appear immediately after the injury or appear days or weeks after the injury.

 

Signs & Symptoms of a Concussion – Immediate

Look for the following signs and symptoms after a bump or blow to the head:

 

  • Balance problems or dizziness

 

  • Blurry visions

 

  • Confusion

 

  • Concentration or memory issues

 

  • Feeling hazy, foggy, groggy, or sluggish

 

  • A headache or pressure felt in the head

 

  • Nausea and/or vomiting

 

  • Sensitivity to noise

 

  • Sensitivity to light

 

Signs & Symptoms of a Concussion – Over Time

Be alert for symptoms that worsen over time. Seek immediate medical attention if any of the following signs and/or symptoms arise:

  • One pupil is larger than the other

 

  • Drowsiness or cannot be awakened

 

  • A headache that worsens

 

  • Decreased coordination, numbness, or weakness

 

  • Repeated vomiting or nausea

 

  • Slurred speech

 

  • Convulsions or seizures

 

  • Recognition issues

 

  • Increased agitation, confusion, or restlessness

 

  • Unusual behavior

 

  • Loss of consciousness

 

Concussion – Preventative Measures

  • For sports ensure:
    • you follow safety rules and regulations
    • you wear the correct protective equipment

 

What to do if you think you have a Concussion

  • Seek medical attention immediately
    • a health care professional will be able to diagnose how serious the concussion is and when it is safe to return to activity, exercise, and sports.

 

  • Refrain from activity, exercise, and sports
    • Concussions need time to heal. Do not return to activity until a health care professional deems it safe. If you return to activity too soon after sustaining a concussion, you increase your chance of having a second concussion. Repeat or additional concussions can cause permanent brain damage.

 

  • Communicate prior concussions
    • Be sure to let coaches, trainers, teammates, workout partners, and medical staff know about sustaining prior concussions.

Diagnosing and understanding concussions are imperative to your mental health. You need the guidance to find the right recovery from a concussion. Book a baseline scan with Psychology 360 today to test your brain health.

 

Children who continue to struggle in school are vulnerable to experiencing feelings of low self-esteem and developing low expectations for themselves. A psychoeducational evaluation can often provide greater understanding of the child and help identify solutions

Can a Psychoeducational Evaluation help your child?

My child is really struggling at school – should we consider a Psychoeducational Evaluation?


Struggles at school can occur quite early in some children, even before any type of academic work has begun. These children may have difficulty understanding directions, learning to read, or developing social skills. For others their learning difficulties arise in later years as they experience difficulty in reading comprehension, test-taking, and organizational skills.

Even with intervention and assistance, these struggles can persist and create an ever expanding set of challenges for the child and the family. These children are vulnerable to experiencing feelings of low self-esteem and developing low expectations for themselves. Their parents and teachers are left frustrated and feeling helpless.

In such situations, a psychoeducational evaluation can often provide greater understanding of the child and help identify solutions.

What is a Psychoeducational Evaluation?

In the simplest terms, this evaluation can determine if a child has a learning disability or other issues that adversely impact their ability to learn.  A psychoeducational evaluation is distinct from other assessments in that a complete evaluation assesses child’s general emotional and behavioral issues in addition to their intellectual abilities and academic achievement levels. Thus the value of a psychoeducational evaluation is that it can measure a child’s emotional/behavioral functioning and its impact on the child’s academic experience.  

Do I need a professional referral for this evaluation?

Ultimately the decision is up to the parents and there isn’t any single path leading to a decision to have their child tested.  Sometimes a teacher or counselor has suggested an evaluation, sometimes the child’s pediatrician will recommend it, but often it is the parents that most strongly suspect their child may need to be evaluated. Parents tend to report that they just ‘knew Struggles at school can occur quite early in some children, even before any type of academic work has begun. These children may have difficulty understanding directions, learning to read, or developing social skills. A Psychoeducational Evaluation can help identify these issues.things just didn’t add up’ when feedback from school was at odds with what they knew about their child. However, while there is no prescribed path or referral needed, the more information parents have about their child’s struggles, the better the outcome of any evaluation.

Before deciding to have a child evaluated, it’s important that parents and teachers first work together to determine whether there are any patterns of difficulty and whether any interventions have been helpful. Learning issues can often be traced back a number of years and not everyone who is struggling in school needs to be tested. Parents and teachers working together to develop and try alternative strategies can often help the student work through difficult issues. How the child responds to these interventions provides additional insight about whether a formal evaluation is needed.  

In the end, parents should follow their gut instincts: when their child continues to struggle despite additional help, and despite eligibility for school services, they need to consult someone they trust about getting a formal evaluation.

After evaluation and diagnosis, how can the results help the child?

The goal of any evaluation is to pinpoint specific issues that are interfering with the child’s progress. Once parents and teachers know what they’re dealing with, they can start to address the challenges with specific interventions and accommodations. From this perspective, an evaluation is not a final determination or diagnosis; it should be considered as the first step toward identifying the resources that will actually help the child be successful at school and home.

Since the results can be complicated it’s important that parents review the report with the doctor and ensure plenty of time for interpretation, questions and concerns. Some doctors may be more in-depth in their recommendations and some more general so it’s crucial that parents get clear on the exact issues identified by the evaluation and become familiar with the current recommendations for those issues.

Results can also be emotionally trying since some parents may feel as if some of their worst fears are coming true. It is important to keep in mind that a diagnosis is not a sentence of hardship, it is actually the first step in the path of bringing The results of a psychoeducational evaluation can help parents and doctors come up with an action plan based upon available resources.relief. A parent can end their speculating and start planning.

To this end, parents need to make sure their needs are answered so they can drive the plan. At Psychology 360, we are able to help parents come up with an action plan based upon available resources and get them started building a strong network of support for the child.  

Learn more about Psychoeducational Evaluations at Psychology 360 – Contact us today. Together we will determine what your needs are and how we can help.