SSPS:Traumatic Brain Injury

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Definition

A traumatic brain injury means an acquired injury to the brain caused by an external physical force resulting in total or partial functional disability or psychosocial impairment, or both, that adversely affects educational performance. The term applies to mild, moderate, or severe, open or closed head injuries resulting in impairments in one or more areas such as cognition, language, memory, attention, reasoning, abstract thinking, judgment, problem-solving, sensory, perceptual and motor abilities, psychosocial behavior, physical functions, information processing, or speech. The term includes anoxia due to trauma. The term does not include brain injuries that are congenital, degenerative, or induced by birth trauma.


Criteria for Eligibility

  • A student is eligible for Exceptional Student Education (ESE) under the area of Traumatic Brain Injury if the student has acquired an external injury to the brain as documented by a medical report and has significant difficulty requiring an adaptation to the school routine, school environment, or curriculum in one or more of the following areas: Cognition, language, memory, attention, reasoning, abstract thinking, judgment, problem-solving, sensory, perceptual and motor abilities, psychosocial behavior, physical functions, information processing or speech.
  • Ages served: 3 - 22. By the age of three (3), student(s) may be served by a preschool program.
  • Students over the age of eighteen (18) years, who have not met IEP objectives and/or graduation requirements, will be recommended on an individual basis at the annual IEP review/revision conference and considered for placement based on their ability to successfully achieve program goals. Students may continue through the semester in which they turn twenty-two (22) if recommended by the IEP committee.

Intervention Requirements

Problem Solving (PS)/Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) procedures must be followed. Evaluation team recommended exceptions to PS/MTSS may be addressed on an individual basis with supervisor involvement. Evaluation team recommended exceptions to PS/MTSS may be addressed on an individual basis with supervisor involvement.

Evaluation Team

The evaluation team should include one (or more) basic education teacher, an ESE teacher, school psychologist, and school nurse. Additional staff may be added, based on identified student needs -- ESOL teacher, literacy coach, math coach, school social worker, graduation enhancement teacher, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech/language pathologist and/or any other itinerant staff.