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TBI Tips

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TBI Tips is a monthly infosheet on topics relevant to brain injury. Each issue covers a topic of interest to educators supporting students with brain injury. In recent issues, the infosheet has discussed assistive technology, school-based concussion policies, and how brain injury differs from other disabilities. We provide an archive of past issues below, and invite you to let us know if there are topics you'd like us to cover in future issues of TBI Tips. Please email Melissa McCart at mccart@uoregon.edu with ideas for upcoming issues.

Organizational Challenges in Students with TBI

Students who have a traumatic brain injury (TBI) often have trouble with organizing their time, materials, and thoughts. These challenges make it difficult to succeed in a classroom setting.
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Assistive Technology in the Classroom

Assistive technology is any item, piece of equipment, or product system (app) that is used to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities of a person with a disability. Students with brain injury can have unique assistive technology needs. Some assistive technology ideas are specifically designed for students with brain injury; other technologies can be used following proper assessment of student needs. 
To read more, download the PDF. 

The Benefit of a School-Based Concussion & Team Policy

When a concussion happens to a student, it’s critical that the entire school community – staff, students, and their parents – knows how to respond in ways that ensure the student’s best chance of recovery.
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Returning to the Classroom

An important feature that can contribute to student success is the concussion management team. The role of this team is to coordinate student supports following concussion.
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Return to Academics Protocol after Concussion/Mild TBI

When a concussion occurs, a child looks normal, and teachers might be unaware of a student’s cognitive difficulties during recovery. Rest is needed for the brain to recover from a concussion. Taxing the brain with academic activity can impede or prolong recovery. Most students will recover fully in days or weeks, but some will take longer to heal. Each child and each brain injury is different. 
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How Brain Injury is Different from Other Disabilities

Students with brain injury face different challenges than students with other disabilities. It’s important to understand those difference when working with students with TBI.
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Case Study – Question from a School Psychologist

I’m working with a student who is on a 504 plan, and we are now considering evaluation to move her into a special education eligibility under Other Health Impaired (OHI). Does the eligibility category matter? So much testing is required for the TBI eligibility. Although I am more than happy to conduct an extensive evaluation, I am wondering if there are any real, long term benefits or differences between these eligibilities.
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The Personal Side of Academic Accommodations

The effects of brain injury can make it difficult for students to participate in school at the same level they did before their injuries. Providing simple accommodations for students with mild-moderate challenges following brain injury can increase learning and improve behavior in the classroom by reducing anxiety and stress.
To read more, download the PDF.