Traumatic Brain Injury Consulting Team
Statewide, the Oregon Traumatic Brain Injury Consulting team is comprised of consultants including parents, individuals with TBI, speech language pathologists, counselors, school psychologists, classroom teachers, special educators, paraprofessionals, occupational and physical therapists, and school nurses. This team offers in-service training, information and consultation to brain injury survivors, their families, and educators working with students with brain injury.
Our District is a strong supporter of this program, allowing several of its staff members release time and support to receive the training necessary to be members of this state-wide network. Serving the Central and Southern Oregon coast are TBI Consulting Team members:
Mark Stephens, Regional Trainer/ Speech Pathologist, CBSD
Kellea Kohn Early Intervention Specialist/Speech Pathologist, CBSD
John Woodland Regional Trainer/School Psychologist, SCESD
One of our main goals is to help students with TBI or ABI (Acquired Brain Injuries) to reenter the academic world and develop adequate behaviors to function in the everyday world. Our team works together to address several topics on an individual by individual basis:
Effects of brain injury on school performance
Eligibility for special education
Our TBI team is lead by Mark Stephens. Mark has given in-service training throughout our State on various issues related to TBI. Mark’s training programs stress the fact that good teaching technique and behavioral strategies provide the best situation for students with TBI. He also believes it takes a coordinated and ongoing effort by educators, the TBI survivor, the family, medical and rehab specialists, and local/state agencies to develop the best possible outcome.
We are pleased to have John Woodland from the South Coast Education Service District working with our TBI team. John has developed a community action group in Brookings to coordinate various agencies to help support TBI students. Agencies include groups from the medical and legal communities, police departments, community social service organizations and governmental social service and health departments. The team are committed to helping TBI students with their medical needs during the critical transition period back to school.