BrainSTEPS Mission

The overall purpose of the BrainSTEPs is to provide a district wide coordinated resource team to identify and support students with a brain injury. BrainSTEPs will provide consultation to students with a brain injury, their families, and school personnel.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild,” i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness to “severe,” i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury (CDC, 2009).

Who is BrainSTEPS?

The BrainSTEPs is made up of Aurora Public School professionals dedicated to assisting people in the district affected by brain injury. BrainSTEPs meets monthly to discuss student referrals and their progress, and to discuss issues surrounding brain injury.

The team may consist of:

  • Administrators

  • Athletic Trainers

  • Exceptional Student Service Liaisons

  • General Education Teachers

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Physical Therapists

  • Psychologists

  • Registered Nurses

  • Social Workers

  • Special Education Teachers

  • Speech/Language Pathologists

  • Teachers of Visually Impaired

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What do we do?

The team will gather information to identify and assess needs with the following objectives:

  • Devise and implement strategies to achieve academic and behavioral success

  • Provide school and community resources

  • Educate students, school staff, and families regarding brain injuries through in-services, seminars and professional development

  • Assist with the IEP or 504 process

  • Develop and apply strategies to ease transition challenges

How do I get help?

If you have questions or would like more information, please fill out our Referral Form: