If you are the parent or family member of a student who has experienced a concussion or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), resources are available for you and your family through a partnership with LBL and the national Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT). In Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties, health professionals and educators work together to identify, assess and serve students with concussion or TBI from birth to 21 years of age.
While students with concussion or TBI often share common characteristics, each has unique needs requiring individual planning and intervention strategies to support their educational and emotional success.
As a parent or family member, there are few things you can do to get started:
Consult a medical provider
If you think your student may have a concussion or traumatic brain Injury, consult a medical professional immediately for an assessment.
Contact your student’s school
Ask if your school or District has a local TBI coach that can work you and your student’s teachers and staff. If your school does not have a local TBI coach, ask for a referral to LBL’s Regional TBI Liaison who may be able to help coordinate services in partnership with you.
Learn about concussion and TBI
Visit the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT) website for more information.
Register for CBIRT’s annual state-wide conference
Register for CBIRT’s annual state-wide conference offered each academic year. The sessions are led by National experts and are open to school teachers, staff and parents for a minimal fee.
Services are available to children and students who are identified as having an educational eligibility for TBI services and have been referred by the local school districts or EI/ECSE program.
For school age children referrals for an evaluation are made by a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team or their district’s special education office. For children birth to five, referrals are made through their early intervention or early childhood special education team.
The TBI program is a partnership between:
- Linn, Benton and Lincoln county School Districts
- Oregon Department of Education
- Western Oregon University – Teaching Research Institute