In order for students with concussion to get immediate and flexible support at school, classroom teachers need to be our First Responders for RTL. Much like a public health model where early and widespread identification, education and support occurs at the Universal/Primary Level, yielding an 80 to 90% intervention and prevention rate, RTL in the classroom setting will help our students feel better symptomatically so they can grow academically.
The existing educational framework of Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS) or Response to Intervention (RTI) is the natural way for schools to support students with concussion. Applying concussion to MTSS and/or RTI allows educational settings to become empowered and independent in managing RTL for concussion – leading to:
- decreased reliance upon healthcare providers (that may or may not be involved per the family’s choice)
- quick and flexible adjustments in the classroom (Tier 1)
- a built-in safety net for longer or more involved academic support (via Tier 2 supports)
- capacity building and long-term sustainability of RTL policy and procedures in schools