ABI Education Services, LLC is a consulting business that addresses the educational needs of children and adolescents with acquired brain injury (ABI).
Jake Solway & Chris Gilmour's insight:
While some schools may be well equip to deal with a students with an ABI, not all schools are so prepared. After all there is always a first, ABI Education Services, not only helps the individual, but also helps the school and its staff by providing transitional help, integration support, professional training services for teachers.
ABI Education Services also provides direct in-school services and support to help accommodate the individual with his/her specialized physical, cognitive and psychosocial needs.
This resources has been included because it is a service that could provide invaluable knowledge and experience in a situation such as Doug's where perhaps the particular school may not have had any previous experience.
This document from Queensland Health outlines exactly what an ABI is, how it is caused and changes that may occur after an ABI. This resource is a great starting point for any of Doug's teachers to better understand Doug's condition and what he may be going through. As Doug's teachers, it is your responsibility to be knowledgeable about his condition, this will allow you to make informed decisions within the classroom regarding Doug and his education.
This scoop is a resource that helps both individuals as well as families and friends work through adjustments, grief and loss. Although not directly linked to Doug and his ABI, it does give useful strategies for dealing with adjustments which is useful for Doug and his family, friends and teachers.
This website outlines strategies for managing personal adjustments, which may be extremely valuable for Doug, along with strategies for families, friends and carers for dealing with adjustments. However it does not mention teachers it can be used and is relevant for Doug's teachers.
This resource is designed to help family members, co-workers and peers understand what an individual may be going through. It also offers insight to how the victims families may be suffering.
As a teaching professional, we are more than likely going to come across a situation like Doug's in our career, this particular resource would be useful to give to Doug and Doug's parents or others in the same situation. CRS Australia is a service for people suffering from an ABI, they offer free and confidential services such as;
- Help to manage your condition
- Finding you to training
- Provide career advice
- Find the right job
The students can visit them at their office or they can meet them at a location that is convenient for you.
As seen in What about Doug the video, after effects of an ABI are extremely broad and can range from the smallest seemingly insignificant change to violence, as seen in Doug's case. This document issued by Queensland Health and is a guide for family members, teachers, peers and co-workers.
It discusses possible learning problems that an individual may experience when returning to school or work, as teaching professionals it would be extremely useful to be knowledgeable about these problems prior to Doug's reintroduction. This is done to best plan for his inclusion within the classroom.
The guide also gives instructions on how to help the student (Doug) overcome these possible struggles and as his teacher it is your responsibility to help him through his struggles.
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