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RETURN-TO-LEARN CADET CLINIC SUMMARY

What is the Goal of Return-to-Learn?

Return-to-learn is a post-concussion academic recovery program. The goal is to provide you with
academic accommodations during your concussion recovery in order to give your brain it’s best chance
to heal. After a concussion, your brain experiences a temporary energy crisis that may make it difficult
to engage in cognitive activities. Thus, return-to-learn exists to allow your brain to heal during this
energy crisis by preventing a premature return to full academics.

What are the 5 Return-to-Learn Stages?

5 Stages Accommodations
1 – Cognitive Rest (same day of injury)  Do not attend class; Rest
 Don’t do any homework
2 – Trial of Cognitive Activity  30 min. of homework followed by 15 min. of rest
 Increase homework by 15 min. increments
 Move to Stage 3 when you can study for 60 min. and
remain symptom free
3 – Return to Class (max.  Avoid classes/activities that provoke symptoms
modifications)  Do not take quizzes or GRs
 Begin to make up missed work (e.g., reading
assignments)
4 – Return to Class (min.  Attend all classes
modifications) o May miss a particular class that provokes Sx
 Begin to make up missed quizzes/GRs
5 –Full Class Attendance  Fully participate in academics
 Make up any missed work

Who is involved in Return-to-Learn?

To help you, several people will need to be aware of your concussion diagnosis. These people include
your AOC/AMT(s), academic advisor, professors/instructors, and the CW Office of Culture and Climate.
Your physician in cadet clinic will enter your Return-to-Learn stage on your form 18 and update your
stage at each of your clinic visits. He/She will communicate with your academic advisor when needed.
Your physician in cadet clinic will enter your return-to-learn stage on your form 18 and update your
stage at each of your clinic visits. He/she will communicate with your academic advisor when needed.

What is Expected of me?

You must communicate to your physician, AOC, academic advisor, professors, and instructors whenever
an academic activity causes you to experience concussion symptoms. This will help them provide the
appropriate academic accommodations for you to assist you in your recovery.

What happens when I finish Return-to-Learn?
Once you complete the five-stage program the expectation is that you’re on track to finish the semester.