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Communication Sciences and Disorders


Jamie Smith

Mentor Department

Communication Sciences and Disorders


There is a lack of awareness regarding concussions sustained in children, including how they should be managed and the long term risks associated with them. There are also discrepancies in decisions regarding the diagnosis and treatment of concussions in school-aged children. This project included a review of the literature on pediatric head injury coupled with interview data from professionals who work with children who sustain head injuries. This poster will describe what a concussion is, review some of the available diagnostic tests, briefly summarize state laws regarding concussion management, and provide an overview of best practice in the aftermath of a potentially severe pediatric head injury.

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