About the School Reintegration Project

The purpose of this study is to identify individual and school related factors that contribute to successful reintegration to the school environment. Equipped with this information, we will be better able to serve the needs of children with ABI as they progress through their school experience by developing targeted supports and programming. As ABI is not currently recognized by the Ministry of Education as an exceptionality, the specialized supports are not emphasized or well understood.
We're currently recruiting participants. If you are interested in participating in our research or learning more about it, please contact us. Children and youth ages 6 to 18 who have experienced an acquired brain injury (ABI) are invited to participate in this study. To qualify, the injury must have occurred between 1 and 5 years ago and participants must have returned to their community school environment.

Implications for Youth

  • The cognitive, emotional, social, and physical challenges experienced by these children and youth do not resolve quickly
  • can continue for many years or even for the duration of his/her life – well beyond discharge back to his/her community (e.g. Donders & Strom, 2000; Rumney, 2007)
  • children who have sustained moderate to severe TBI report significantly lower health-related quality of life, in particular in the domain of psychosocial functioning relating to school, relative to other heterogeneous sample of chronically ill children (Erickson, Montague & Gerstle, 2010)

What does the study involve?

  • Participation will involve 80 minutes of your time and approximately 3 hours for your child.
  • You will be asked to complete a package of questionnaires about your child and family.
  • You will also meet with a member of Dr. Good’s research team for a neuropsychological assemment of your child.
  • Participating families will receive $115 to cover related parking, gas, travel, etc. expenses as well as a psychological report on your child’s strengths and weaknesses. We anticipate that you will find this report helpful personally, and as you continue to work with your child’s medical and educational teams.
  • Students will receive a $20 movie pass for their efforts and contribution.

Study Sponsors

This study is being conducted in partnership with 5 regional Children’s Treatment Centres in Ontario: South (CanChild), Central (Bloorview), Eastern (CHEO), South Western (TVCC) and Northern Ontario; and is sponsored by a research grant through the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation in collaboration with Brock University.

Please contact us for further information.
(905) 688-5550 ext. 3556 or ext. 5523

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation
Brock University