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Traumatic Brain Injury Information

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic Brain Injury is an acquired injury to the brain caused by an external force resulting in a total or partial functional disability, psychosocial impairment, or both, that adversely affects a child's educational performance. The term includes open or closed head injuries resulting in impairments in one or more areas, including a) cognition; b) language; c) memory; d) attention; e) information processing; f) communication and g) speech. The term does not include brain injuries that are congenital or degenerative, or brain injuries induced by birth trauma.

Purpose of Regional Programs

The children, birth-to-21, who as a result of their low-incidence disability require specialized services, are eligible for support from the Regional Programs. Regional Programs work in collaboration with Local School Districts, Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) programs, Families, and Community Agencies to provide specialized educational support for children with a traumatic brain injury.

The Oregon Department of Education provides a grant to University of Oregon to support the Statewide Consultative and Resource Services for Traumatic Brain Injury. Statewide Consultative and Resource Services for Traumatic Brain Injury are available to assist the Regional Programs in meeting the needs of students with Traumatic Brain Injury who are eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004). IDEA.

Traumatic Brain Injury Regional Program Services


  • Ben Smith: Introduction to the 5-Step Competing Schedules Model of Evidence-Based Behavioral Support (EBBS)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Video
  • TBI Liaison in Oregon

    Have Questions about TBI? Give your local TBI Liaison a call/email.

    Liaison Role

    • Establish Relationship with hospitals & Community to maximize early referral and smooth transitions
    • Primary contact for new TBI referrals and new inquires
    • Connect requests for assistance/information to a mentor(s) in the Region
    • Track Students (data)
    • Assist Region to 'build capacity' at all levels (teams, districts, Regions)
    • Support mentors
    • Survey district needs - outcome data
    • Support child find in the Region
  • The Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT)
    Statewide Consultative and Resource Services for Traumatic Brain Injury, including contact information and resources.
  • Educator Support
    In the Classroom, a comprehensive web-based educational and training resource for classroom teachers. The program includes interactive learning modules offering specific strategies and techniques for managing TBI-related cognitive, behavioral, and social problems in the school setting. Modules include Return to School, Study Strategies, Managing Behavior and others. The resource includes printable forms, resource links and practical tools for classroom use.
  • The program was developed in partnership with the CBIRT Advisory Board, which includes educators from across the country, youth with TBI, family members, and state Department of Education partners. Results from a randomized control trial showed gains in educator skills, knowledge, and behavioral intention to use the new strategies. Melissa McCart at Email: Melissa McCart for access to this program.
  • Concussion Guidance for Districts
    This document provides guidance for districts on the implementation of the legislative mandates around Safety of School Sports - Concussions.
  • Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon
    The mission of the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon is to create a better future through brain injury prevention, advocacy, education, research, and support.


2018-2019 Traumatic Brain Injury in Person Training

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