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Brain Injury Specialist visits Education Students

February 5, 2019 Tags: Health Sciences and Education , University News

Dr. Kara Madara visits with SFU Education students to discuss brain injuries.While the awareness of the short and long-term ramifications of people who have suffered a concussion has increased, it is often teachers who are tasked with identifying and aiding students who have suffered a brain injury.

Students in the Education program had the opportunity to learn about the challenges faced by school-age children who experience concussions.

Dr. Kara Madara, Supervisor of PT and OT Services at IU-08, certified Brain Injury Specialist and BrainSTEPS Team Leader,  led students in a brain connectivity exercise and had them try out simulation goggles to help learn first-hand some of the challenges students can face in returning to class after experiencing a brain injury.

She then guided students through planning an Individual Education Plan for students returning to school after a brain injury. 


The BrainSTEPS Program was created to build a bridge connecting the medical, rehabilitation, education sectors and families of students with an acquired brain injury.
BrainSTEPS is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a national model for educational consultation supporting students and school teams in the development and implementation of educational supports and services following an acquired brain injury.


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