Returning to Learn after Concussion

What Educators Need to Know about Brain Injury


Thursday, December 3, 2015 11:30 am -3:30 pm

Southeastern Regional Education Service Center, Inc. (SERESC)

29 Commerce Drive, Bedford NH 03110


*Dr. William Storo, MD

*Dr. Jonathan Lichtenstein, PsyD

Who Should Attend:

This half day event is to benefit educators, including teachers, school administrators, school nurses, school based clinicians, and coaches. Parents are also welcome.

About the Presentation:

New and existing research has brought Head Injury in children and adults to the attention of medical practitioners, coaches, educators and parents whose children actively participate in sports. Questions result in speculation about participation in educational activities after an injury, effects of repeat injuries, behavioral concerns that affect life and learning.

How do educators know when, how, and to what degree to encourage a student to “get back in the game”? What practices in returning to learn and play are considered best practices?

This conference is designed to inform educators about impact of head injury, including concussion, on learning processes, including social/emotional well-being as it relates to the injured student’s reintegration into the learning environment.

Presenters will address:

  • symptoms of concussion and head injury in general that may include mental health difficulties,
  • self-regulation problems, behavioral issues and academic difficulties;
  • mental health issues that may arise as a result of the injury itself;
  • impact of the situation on family and social life;
  • self esteem of the individual with brain injury;
  • impact on family and social life;
  • potential changes in self-regulation or executive function.

Overall Outcomes:

As a result of attending, participants will:

  • Understand the implications of concussion in educational settings;
  • List tools to facilitate the transition of a student with a concussion from the medical setting back to the educational setting;
  • Recognize that students with brain injury have difficulty with learning, and adjust individual lessons with effective strategies;
  • Describe assessment procedures to determine if the strategies are working
  • Describe successful social, medical and family supports;
  • Describe assessment and benchmarks that are used to support gradual re-entry into school athletic and academic activities;


11:30 am Check-in, lunch at SERESC, networking

12:10 pm Welcome and Introductions

12:20 pm-1:50 pm Dr. Storo's Presentation

"School Daze: Returning to Learning After Concussion"

Review of American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations on students returning to school after sustaining a concussion. Discussion of the roles and responsibilities of the family, school, and medical team in providing for student adjustments, accommodations, and modifications as students return to learning.

Outcomes: As a result of attending , participants will:

  1. Understand the challenges in returning students who have sustained concussion to the academic setting.
  2. Be able to identify the roles and responsibilities of the home, school, and medical teams in helping students return to learn.
  3. Gain knowledge regarding recommendations for student adjustments, accommodations, and modifications in returning from concussion.
  4. Learn when to consider consultation with a concussion specialist for further guidance and assistance in developing a more formalized student accommodation plan.

1:50 pm - Break

2:00 pm- 3:30 pm Dr. Lichtenstein's Presentation

Getting Emotional About Concussion: Affective Functioning Post-Injury”

This presentation aims to create a conversation about the affective side of concussions. While emotional changes are widely considered a core element of the post-concussive symptom constellation, they tend to be less concrete than physiological changes, like headaches and nausea. Furthermore, emotional symptoms often arise later in the recovery process, as the environmental demands formed by the injury can often lead to features of depression and anxiety. We will attempt to sift through the elements underlying emotional symptoms associated with concussion, as well as broaching the subject of what to do when they are present. Psychosocial and classroom dynamics will be explored.

Outcomes: As a result of attending , participants will:

1. Be able to recognize emotional symptoms of concussion

2. Be able to identify signs of concussion in the classroom

3. Better understand the psychosocial impact concussions place on students and families


Dr. William Storo, MD

Dr. Storo has been a pediatrician at Dartmouth Hitchcock Concord for almost 20 years. He has served as department chairman in the past, is a physician coach, and helps run the Dartmouth Hitchcock Sports Medicine Department’s Concussion Program. He is a Credentialed ImPACT Consultant (CIC) and is on the executive committee of the New Hampshire Council on Sports Related Concussion. He is currently serving as president of the New Hampshire Pediatric Society.

Dr. Jonathan Lichtenstein

Dr. Lichtenstein is the Interim Director of Pediatric Neuropsychological Services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, where he oversees the outpatient service and participation in multiple interdisciplinary clinics. Dr. Lichtenstein also serves as a consultant to concussion management programs at high schools and colleges in New Hampshire. He is the co-director of Concussion Chalk Talk, a grant-funded school-based concussion management program, which places an emphasis on returning to learn. He holds an appointment as clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Dr. Lichtenstein is also an adjunct faculty member at Widener University. He completed fellowships in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Geisel School of Medicine and the Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey. Dr. Lichtenstein earned his doctorate in clinical psychology and MBA at Widener University. His research in the area of sport-related concussion has been published in peer-reviewed journals, with a focus on issues related to test administration and effort. Dr. Lichtenstein is also Dartmouth’s representative on the Big Ten/CIC-Ivy League TBI Research Collaboration.

Thursday, December 3, 2015 11:30 am to 3:30 pm

Certificate of Attendance available for 3 Contact Hours

Cost: $125.00 per registrant

$110.00 if registration is received by 11/16/15 -----Enter discount code: EARLY*REGISTRATION

Registration Ends 11/26/2015

Registration closes 7 days before event date. To inquire about available seats after this deadline, contact Every effort will be made to accommodate your need.

To register click here

Like us on Facebook!!

Cancellation Policy

**All received registrations are subject to Cancellation/Refund policy. A full refund will be made for cancellations sent via email 7 days before the event.

**Refunds will not be given if the request is received less than 7 days prior to the event.

**Refunds will not be given for “no shows”.

**SERESC does accept substitution of another person with 24 hours of advance notice.

**Registration fee or signed Purchase Order is due on or before the event.

**SERESC reserves the right to postpone or cancel events.


SERESC Conference Center

29 Commerce Drive

Bedford, NH 03110


Our mission is to inspire innovation and excellence in education and professional practice, and our vision is for helping organizations and individuals achieve their greatest potential as they learn, lead and grow. Our core values are innovation, excellence, integrity, and service.

Click below for directions

Big image