School-age children have a right to attend public school, and are also entitled to the accommodations necessary to help them succeed in the classroom. Finding appropriate education services for brain injury victims can be challenging. This is especially true because brain injury victims may not appear disabled, and the residual impacts of the brain injury they have suffered may surface in surprising ways.
Children who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are more likely to be diagnosed as suffering from behavioral disorders, even though the symptoms they are exhibiting are more likely the result of their brain injury rather than ADD or ADHD. Children who have suffered TBIs are also more likely to have difficulty controlling and expressing their emotions, so misdiagnosis relating to emotional disorders is often common.
Despite the challenges to getting the proper diagnosis, advocating for your child after a TBI is your responsibility as a parent. Fortunately, there are a number of different California education services for brain injury victims available to you depending on your child’s needs. Your child may qualify for:
- Individualized Tutoring
- Resources Classes (on a part-time or full-time basis)
- Self-contained Classrooms
- Alternative Schools
- Homebound Tutoring
- Hospital Tutoring
If you are having difficulty finding appropriate educational services for your child in California, you may want to consider connecting with an experienced disability rights attorney or a California education attorney. Both types of attorneys can help you understand the educational choices you can make for your child.