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?
Exceptional Student Service Liaisons
General Education Teachers
Special Education Teachers
Teachers of Visually Impaired
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