The BrainSTEPS (Strategies Teaching Educators, Parents, and Students) Brain Injury School Re-Entry Consulting Program assists Pennsylvania schools in creating educational plans for students following acquired brain injury. Acquired brain injuries (ABI) are brain injuries that occur after birth and include both traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and nontraumatic brain injuries (nTBI).
After a brain injury, students may return to school with temporary or lifelong impairments that have a significant impact on classroom performance. BrainSTEPS has been designed to consult with school teams and families in the development and delivery of educational services for students who have experienced any type of acquired brain injury. BrainSTEPS assists schools in building their capacity by serving as brain injury consultants to the school districts and teachers of these students.
BrainSTEPS supports school districts in the following ways:
Identification of students with traumatic and nontraumatic brain injuries
School re-entry planning
Intervention selection and implementation
Educational plan development
Concussion management for return to academics
Teacher Training, peer training, family training
Ongoing, annual monitoring until graduation
Family support and resource sharing
Awareness training to medical, rehabilitation, and community facilities.