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18ConcussionComebackWhataboutstudentswhoareslowtorecoverAminorityofstudentsmaydisplaypersistentproblemsafteraconcussionthatcouldinterferewithschoolperformance.Aconcussionspecialistwhohasexpertiseincognitionandbehaviore.g.neuropsychologistshouldevaluatethesestudentstobetterunderstandwhytheyarenotrecoveringasexpected.Thesestudentsmayrequireformalaccommodationsatschoolsuchasthoseimplementedthrougha504Planasdescribedbelow.Whatisa504planASection504PlanispartoftheCivilRightsLawthatprohibitsdiscriminationagainstindividualswithdisabilities.Section504formalizesaccommodationsandmodicationstoensurestudentswithdisabilitieshaveequalaccesstoafreeandappropriateeducation.A504PlanisdifferentthananIndividualizedEducationPlanIEPwhichisamoreextensivespecialeducationplanthatisrarelyneededforchildrenrecoveringfromaconcussion.Doeseverystudentwhohashadaconcussionneeda504PlanThemajorityofstudentswhosustainaconcussionwillrecoverquicklyandwillnotneedformalizedschoolaccommodations.Formoststudentsinformalschoolaccommodationsinthedaystoweeksfollowingaconcussionwillsufce.Intherarecasesofprolongedpost-concussionsymptomsa504Planmightbehelpful.504Plan