How Does Traumatic Brain Injury Affect Learning?
About 5.3 million people are living with permanent TBI-related disabilities in the United States currently. About 5% of the population will also experience a head injury and about 15% of those people will experience long-term symptoms. Many people will see that their ability to learn or do school work is impacted greatly. Some common symptoms post-TBI are listed below:
- Shorter attention span
- Memory difficulties (short and long)
- Difficulties looking at images or text near and far
- Reading difficulties with eye-tracking
- Personality changes
- Migraines from concentrating
- Difficulties making quick eye movements when looking down at your notes and up at the whiteboard
- Light sensitivity
- Sound sensitivity
- Difficulties discerning voices in a group setting
All of these symptoms contribute to major learning difficulties while at school or at work and can be very debilitating. Make sure you get evaluated by a concussion specialist if you are experiencing these symptoms.