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Subject: Free Webinar on Identifying Students with TBI and Promoting School Reintegration After Injury

Source: Stephan Barr, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: Administrators, Special Education Directors, Special Education Instructors, Educators, General Public, School Nurses

Date: April 5, 2012

The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Traumatic Brain Injury Technical Assistance Center is sponsoring a free webinar on Identifying Students with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Promoting School Reintegration After Injury on May 8, 2012, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET.

Students with traumatic brain injury (TBI) experience higher dropout rates, demonstrate lesser academic performance in school, and struggle with behavioral problems more often than their non-injured peers.  Schools, medical facilities, and state agencies across the country are working to create organized systems of support in their states to: help identify children and youth with TBI; increase communication between all parties, including parents; ensure proper transition back into school; and, to access appropriate services and supports.

The webinar will include discussion of issues involved in the identification of TBI in children and youth at school, critical components of a system for helping children and youth transition from hospital back to school, two promising models being used to create supports across medical and educational systems, and how to partner with the school system, medical community, and parents to identify children and youth with TBI and help make sure they get appropriate supports


* Brenda Eagan Brown, Program Coordinator, BrainSTEPS, Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania

* Judy Dettmer, Director, TBI Program, Colorado Department of Human Services

* Gerard Gioia, Chief, Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology, Children's National Medical Center and Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, George Washington University School of Medicine

* Bonnie Todis, Senior Research Fellow at the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT) in Eugene, Oregon

* Karen McAvoy, Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Center for Concussion, Rocky Mountain Youth Sports Medicine Institute, and Principal Consultant on Brain Injury with the Colorado Department of Education

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