Master of Science (MS)
Semester of Degree Completion
Brenda M. Wilson
This study investigated the differences of academic and behavioral characteristics of children with a suggested history of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) and children with learning disabilities (LD). Parents were given a survey which asked about their child's history of any blow or hit to the head. Teachers were also given a survey which included a rating scale for specific academic and behavioral characteristics. Results indicated that the MTBI group was not different from the LD group. However, there was a significant difference between those children who had a blow or hit to the head that resulted in a loss of consciousness or a change of behavior when compared to those subjects' whose suggested MTBI did not result in a loss of consciousness or a change of behavior. Those subjects who sustained a MTBI with a resultant loss of consciousness or a change of behavior were rated as making less progress than the LD group, however they were not receiving academic support services. These results indicate that those children who sustain a head injury that results in a loss of consciousness or a change of behavior need to be followed closely by persons within the educational system.
Pace, Leah R., "The Comparison of the Academic and Behavioral Characteristics of Children with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Children with Learning Disabilities" (1997). Masters Theses. 1875.