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:

bulletMark Stephens, Regional Trainer/ Speech Pathologist, CBSD

bulletKellea Kohn   Early Intervention Specialist/Speech Pathologist, CBSD

bulletJohn 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:

bulletEffects of brain injury on school performance

bulletEligibility for special education

bulletBehavior management

bulletSocial adjustment

bulletEducational accommodations

bulletInstructional strategies

bulletTransition planning

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.

Resources

  • The Oregon Brain Injury Resource Network Brain Injury Association of Oregon Brain Injury Association, USA Inc. Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS) Traumatic Brain Injury Resource Guide – The full text resource guide is located at the website listed above.
  • Lash and Associates Publishing/Training The web site has numerous manuals on educating students with brain injuries that were written for educators.
  • Neurotrauma Registry Neurotrauma Registry provides a web-based resource list free of charge for individuals who have acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, or other complex neurotrauma.
  • Neuroland This site provides Neurology information for physicians and health care professionals. It also provides links to resources for patients, families, and people without a medical background.
  • TBI Chat Room Perspectives Network, Inc. “The primary focus is positive communication between persons with brain injury, family members/caregivers/friends of persons with brain injury, those many professionals who treat persons with brain injury and community members in order to create positive changes and enhance public awareness and knowledge of acquired/traumatic brain injury.” This book is full text at the above website.
  • Virtual Hospital ® The Virtual Hospital is a digital health sciences library created in 1992 at the University of Iowa to help meet the information needs of health care providers and patients. It’s goal is to make the Internet a useful medical reference and health promotion tool for health care providers and patients. The library contains hundreds of books and brochures for health care providers and patients.
  • This site contains the Brain Injury – A Guide for Families and Friends in full text. http://www.vh.org/Patients/IHB/Neuro/BrainInjury/00TableOfContents.html

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