What are the symptoms of delayed concussion?

what are the symptoms of delayed concussion?

Concussions can be dangerous. But they are especially dangerous for young children as they may not be able to express how they are feeling. A concussion is a brain injury that occurs when a blow to the head or body causes the brain to move in its surrounding fluid. The brain can twist or knock against the skull, temporarily affecting how the child thinks and acts.

It is extremely important therefore to keep a close eye on children if they have had a bump or knock to the head for some time afterwards.

Signs of a concussion in babies

In young babies signs of a concussion can include:

  • Crying if you move the baby’s head
  • Vomiting
  • Irritability
  • Bruise or bump on the head
  • Confusion
  • Drainage, clear or bloody from their nose, mouth or ears

Signs of concussion in Toddlers

Toddlers may be able to indicate if their head is hurting and be more vocal about their symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Sleepiness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to noise or light
  • Sleeping more or less

Signs of concussion in children aged 2+

You may see more of a behavioural change in your child such as:

  • Feeling dizzy or having problems with balance.
  • Slow to answer questions
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Trouble remembering

When should you see a doctor?

You should go and see a Doctor if you notice that your child is acting slightly differently, concussion can appear after 72 hours of the initial accident.

Ask yourself

“Is my child acting normally?”

“Are they more drowsy than normal?”

“Is there a change in their behaviour?”

If your child is awake, active and in no signs of pain then they are mostly likely going to be fine but of course it is always good to go and get the bump checked out. If your child is showing signs of concussion especially if they are vomiting, has lost consciousness for more than 2 minutes, struggling to wake up or having a seizure then medical attention is required straight away.

Allow your child to take a nap if they want too, it is a good way for the brain to heal just be careful on how you are waking them up.

Treatment for concussion

The best way to treat concussion is to rest. The brain needs a lot of rest to heal from a concussion, and full recovery can take months up to a year, depending on how bad the concussion was. The brain needs rest from both physical and mental activities. Do not allow your child to use screens of any kind as these can overstimulate and excite the brain.

Sleeping is the best way to recover from a concussion, so encourage quiet times, nap times and early bedtimes.

If you child shows any signs or grogginess, confusion or mood swings get a follow up appointment with the Doctor. If you would like to find out more we do a Peadiatric first aid course click here for more information https://www.themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk/product/qa-level-3-award-paediatric-first-aid-qcf/


5 ways to be a great teacher!

5 ways to be a great teacher

In our industry we train lots of different groups of people which includes the, absolutely incredible, teaching industry. This weeks blog is going to focus on our fabulous teachers and on a question often asked whilst teachers are undoing their tough training – How do you become a great teacher?

Now obviously, everyone wants to be a great teacher, but what does it take to be a ‘good teacher’? What do you have to do? How do you become one?

A great teacher is someone who is kind and understanding towards their pupils, a great teacher is someone who the students will remember forever and who helped them strive towards their greatness. But I know teaching can be hard work and it takes a lot of effort to be the best teacher you can be. So we have come up with some top tips to help you be the best teacher you can be!

Have expert knowledge in the subject you are teaching in.

This probably sounds ridiculous as one to begin our blog with. Of course you will have knowledge in the subject you are teaching but the key thing to remember is that times change. Stay up to date with your subject so you are able to answer your students questions thoroughly and correctly.

When a teacher has a passion for the subject they are teaching their passion shines through and five times out of ten is passed onto their pupils who will also develop a love for that subject. You can continue to expand your knowledge through taking college courses, online courses, or talking to other teachers in depth about your subject knowledge.

Great planning skills

To be a great teacher, a lot of time and effort has to be put in place when planning a classroom activity, you have to remain organised. By planning your lessons you are able to manage student expectations, so you know precisely what their obligations are. The marking criteria should remain clear along with assignments and objectives. A big part of what makes a good teacher is being able to stay on top of things, stay organised, keep up to date with records and keep a record of each students strengths and weaknesses.

Be assertive

Each student is different. Some will have bad days, some be stressed or even depressed. If you start to see your student decline in their studies, and they have no motivation to do the tasks set and they just want to give up on everything. Your first approach should not be to argue with them or tell them how naughty and lazy they have become.

In a way you have to be like a parent, you have to be there to support them, listen to them and motivate them with their work. If your student is depressed, maybe speak to them after class to try and find out what is going on, make them aware that you are there for them if they need to speak to someone.

Avoid using the same methods of teaching for each student

Each teacher knows that a student can learn, but they are aware that each student learns better in different ways. Some are visual. Some like to read. There are many different ways to teach a student the same topic, as a teacher you have to become aware on how each student works better.

So to help each student develop their knowledge in different ways, split the lesson up. This could be by doing watching a 10 minute video, write notes on the video, then do a small lecture. There are many different ways to keep the lesson interesting, by taking different approaches throughout the lesson.

Ending the lesson

Now this may seem strange, but ending the lesson in a positive way will influence the student to work better next time. Say if a student was really struggling in the lesson, ending the lesson on a negative note may affect their mood for the rest of the day and may not want to return to the lesson. Each student should be respected and motivated to be the best person they can be. As a teacher you should support them, and help them pursue their interest in your lesson.

Some of these skills come naturally to some teachers, but there are always areas of improvement. To be a great teacher you are constantly looking for ways to improve the way you teacher and your relationships with your students.

A good teacher is a life long learner.

Here at The Midlands Training Company we run a variety of Education courses which can help you successfully be the greatest teacher you can be, you can find out more information here : https://www.themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk/education-inc-eyfs/

Effective conflict resolution strategies to use in a classroom.

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If you work within a school setting you are bound to come across some forms of conflict. It is inevitable and can be difficult to deal with at times. The key with any conflict is to not allow it to spiral out of control which can happen very quickly if not dealt with effectively.

There are some simple strategies however that you can use within the classroom to help quickly resolve any conflict.

Take the time – sometimes jumping straight into a situation is not always the best option. Very often children can resolve conflict themselves and it is also important that they learn this key skill. Advice with more minor conflicts is to keep an eye on the situation and take the time to see if they can resolve it themselves. If it then begins to escalate you can step in and mediate.

Find the root cause – Often a conflict looks like one thing on the surface but is actually something else beneath. What looks like a squabble over a book or a pen at the time of conflict could actually be something deeper rooted between the children involved. If you have taken the time to see whether the situation will resolve itself and there is still conflict there are a few more things you can do to move forward in a positive way.

Ask questions – Many conflicts start because of misunderstandings and miscommunication.  Ask the children open questions to try to understand the root of the problem. What ? Why? How? Once you understand more about the situation you could try the below exercise to gain a positive resolution.

Role Play – Learning empathy is very powerful and can really help resolve many conflicts. Using role play to act out situations within the classroom can teach children to look at the situation from another’s point of view.

Simple strategies to adopt and use within your classrooms. Conflict situations have always been prevalent within schools and always will be however the way we respond and manage this can have a huge impact on these situations. If you or your staff require further support of training we have a brand new Positive Conflict Resolution Management training. Give us a call 02476 714873 or email us enquiries@themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk