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.