Traumatic Brain Injury Support Team
Even mild brain injuries can result in changes to a child's school performance, memory, behavior, attention, communication skills, physical abilities, etc. Brain injuries may be caused by falls, accidents, sports injuries, stroke, tumors, brain surgery, child abuse, etc. The district BRAIN INJURY TEAM exists to support students who are dealing with mild to severe brain injuries, and school staff who work with students who have suffered any level of brain injury. Services are usually provided by the Team on a consultation basis. Parents, teachers, administrators, related servers and others are encouraged to complete a district support team referral form and to also e-mail Brain Injury Team members with additional specific concerns.
Brain Injury Support Team
Our mission is to support educators in helping students with a brain injury succeed in school.
- About Brain Injuries
- Classroom Accommodations
- Special Education Eligibility
- Teaching About the Brain
- Contact the Brain Injury Team
About Brain Injuries
We are continually learning about the brain and the effects of brain injury. Here are some of our favorite resources.
Brain Injury in Children and Youth: A Manual for Educators by the Colorado Department of Education is a well put together manual. We often refer to Chapter 1 for a quick overview of the brain and how it works.
TBI Compared to Other Disabilities is a helpful chart from Pediatric traumatic brain injury: Proactive Intervention 2nd edition.
Many of our students with brain injury have issues with executive functioning. Understood.org has created A Day in the Life of a Child With Executive Functioning Issues to demonstrate how much executive functioning impacts everyday activities.
Classroom Accomodations for Students with Brain Injury
Students with brain injury will need varying levels of support and interventions on their way to independence. Every brain injury is different, but there are some common interventions that will work with many children.
One of the most important steps to finding the right interventions is to involve the student in the decision making process. Here is a list of possible questions from the Brain Injury Association of Virginia. It is page C35 of their booklet Brain Injury and the Schools: A Guide for Educators.
Chapter 3 of the Brain Injury in Children and Youth: A Manual for Educators, by the Colorado Department of Education, lists areas in which a brain injury could affect a student and interventions for each area.
Some students may need a 504 plan. The Center on Brain Injury Research and Training talks about 504 plans in their January 2013 TBI Tidbits.
Brain Injury Team Contacts
- Lisa Wall- Secondary Special Education Mild/Moderate
- Alice Richins- Severe Special Education / Functional Skills
- Kristie Karren- Elementary Special Education Mild/Moderate
- Mandy Zeschke- Early Intervention
- Margo Hill- School Nurse / 504
- Lorie Coates - Learning Center Coordinator/School Psychologist
Referral Form - for teachers and administrators
Community referrals call 801-402-5169