The BrainSTEPS Program was created by the PA Department of Health in 2007, and is implemented by the Brain Injury Association of PA. BrainSTEPS is currently funded by the PA Department of Health and the PA Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education through the PaTTAN network.

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About BrainSTEPS

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Pennsylvania's BrainSTEPS (Strategies Teaching Educators, Parents, and Students) Brain Injury School Re-Entry Consulting Program is in its 9th year of assisting school districts. Annually in PA, approximately 4,000 children sustain moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI), which are significant enough to require hospitalization and over 20,000 children sustain concussions (mild TBIs). Many students return to school with lingering effects that impact classroom performance. BrainSTEPS has been designed to consult with school teams and families in the development and delivery of educational services for students who have experienced any type of acquired brain injury. To date, BrainSTEPS has provided training and consultation to thousands of students and hundreds of schools in Pennsylvania.

Acquired brain injuries include any injury to the brain that is sustained after a period of development and includes all traumatic brain injuries (injury is caused by an external force and includes concussions) and non-traumatic brain injuries (strokes, tumors, seizures, aneurysms, etc.). BrainSTEPS works to not only re-enter students after a new brain injury, but with students previously identified as having a brain injury who may begin to develop educational effects over the years as the brain matures and develops.

BrainSTEPS is

  • Considered a national model for brain injury educational consulting
  • Comprised of 31 statewide consulting teams, consisting of education professionals, medical rehabilitation professionals, and family members
  • Housed within all 29 educational Intermediate Units statewide
BrainSTEPS teams:
  • Provide various brain injury presentations to groups from educational, medical, and rehabilitation facilities in the community
  • Consult with schools regarding identification, school re-entry planning, IEP/504 Plan development, intervention selection and implementation, long-term monitoring of students and other issues professionals face in supporting students with brain injury
  • Monitor students annually until graduation for manifestation of new cognitive/behavioral/social issues
  • Access additional support from the statewide Program Coordinator
  • Receive training from national experts each year around brain injury topics impacting students
Additionally, BrainSTEPS has trained over 800+ Return to Learn Concussion Management Teams in districts across PA to monitor student academics and symptoms for the initial 4 weeks of recovery, prior to a BrainSTEPS referral.

To make a student referral to the BrainSTEPS Program, click on "Make a Referral to BrainSTEPS" link at the top of the page.

Brenda Eagan Brown, M.Ed., CBIS
Brain Injury School Re-Entry Program Coordinator
eaganbrown@biapa.org
(724) 944-6542


Return to Learn Concussion Management Teams

Pennsylvania is the first state to have trained over 800+ Return to Learn Concussion Teams in school buildings across the state!

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PA schools can set up Concussion Management Teams for Return to Learn!

The Concussion Management (CMT) Formation Registration for all PA Schools is open!
  • Register your CMT Monitors using the registration link on this page
  • CMTs consist of two people: an Academic Monitor and a Symptom Monitor
  • You can form one or more CMTs in your district (one per grade, one per building, etc.)
  • The 3.5 hour CMT Training is now available for your convenience online
  • After you register your CMTs, you will receive information regarding how to access the CMT training
  • Your CMT will receive the BrainSTEPS electronic CMT Toolkit during the training

LEAs: Registration is now open to form your school's Concussion Management Team(s) for the 2nd cohort training  (re-opened 1/22/13). You may form one or more CMTs within your school. You will be notified via email when the CMT training is available to take online in the near future. Thank you!

Register

The CMT training is FREE to all CMTs who register.



Educator Brain Injury Trainings

Preschool & Early Intervention and Students with TBI

Upcoming BrainSTEPS Trainings

Fall 2015 Team Leader Workshops @ PaTTAN
  • NOV. 17, 2015: KOP PaTTAN – 12pm – 3pm
  • NOV. 18, 2015: Harrisburg PaTTAN – 9am – 12pm
  • NOV. 23, 2015: Pittsburgh PaTTAN – 9am – 12pm
BrainSTEPS 2 Day New Consultant Training - Fall 2016 -Date To Be Determined

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