Critical Elements for Return to Learn After Concussion: A Review of the Current Landscape for Students across Ages

Description: Return to play laws in all 50 states guide return to sport for students with concussion, but very few address return to learn (RTL). Critical elements of RTL include formation of RTL teams, use of valid measurement tools, monitoring for management, and selection of accommodations tailored to student needs. This presentation will cover current evidence in each of these domains with a focus on application and opportunities to improve care for students with concussion.

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize challenges in management of concussion in elementary and middle school students.
  • Identify the four critical areas of the return to learn process for students with concussion, namely: return to learn teams, outcome measurement, ongoing monitoring and management, and tailored accommodations.
  • Describe areas of education, assessment, and treatment where RTL team members can be involved with other interdisciplinary team members in the management of pediatric concussion.
  • Explain how to determine accommodations appropriate for meeting the varied needs of students with concussion.

Instructor: Katy H. O’Brien, PhD CCC-SLP

Audience: Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants and Speech-Language Pathologists

Note: You will have 3 months from the date of purchase to complete and review the course material. You will receive a reminder email 2 weeks before the expiration date.

Continuing Education Credits

Physical Therapists:
The Illinois Physical Therapy Board has approved this self-study course for 1.5 Contact Hours. Approval #216-000069

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This self-study course has been approved by the New York Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours

Occupational Therapists:

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 02494. This distance learning – independent webinar is offered at .15 CEUs [intermediate, OT service delivery/ Foundational Knowledge]. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

Speech-Language Pathology:

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).


Katy H. O’Brien, PhD CCC-SLP
Financial: Receives an honorarium for teaching this course from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab; salary from the University of Georgia; receives grants from the University of Georgia and Andee’s Army
Non-financial: Is a member and serves on the communications committee for the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences; serves as the Vice-Chair of the Brain Injury Association of Georgia

Basic Computer Requirements: To participate, you will need access to a device with an Internet connection. Computers, laptops, iOS and Android devices are supported.
High-speed broadband Internet access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.

Additional requirements include:
Web browser: latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
JavaScript and Cookies enabled
Speaker or headset to listen to recorded audio files
Speaker and microphone, or headset with microphone, or phone to listen to webinar facilitators
Do NOT use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge as they are not supported.

Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by letter, email, or fax or contact us by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.


Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants OTA and PTA Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists Speech Language Pathologists