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Whether a student with traumatic brain injury is in elementary school or in college, transitioning back to school post-injury can be difficult on many levels.

Sometimes a student's traumatic brain injury goes undiagnosed or is misdiagnosed as a learning disability or behavioral problem. After all, problems from a brain injury can be similar to those related to a learning disability, so getting an accurate diagnosis can make all the difference. A correct diagnosis can lead to more a tailored -- and successful treatment plan.

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Letter to My Child's Teachers and Administrators
By: Karen T. | Personal Stories | March 4, 2014
"Please remember that he is just a 9-year-old boy who has come through more than many of us can truly understand."
 

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Using Technology as a Learning Tool for Kids with Brain Injury
Personal Stories | November 15, 2013
Nicole Wight says using an iPad and a TouchStart computer has helped her son with severe brain injury make significant strides in his learning.

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BrainSTARS: Organization
By: Jeanne E. Dise-Lewis, PhD, Margaret Lohr Calvery, PhD, and Hal C. Lewis, PhD | October 1, 2013
Parents and teachers of students with organizational weaknesses from TBI need to help them set up and maintain organizational systems.

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BrainSTARS: Memory
By: Jeanne E. Dise-Lewis, PhD, Margaret Lohr Calvery, PhD, and Hal C. Lewis, PhD | October 1, 2013
Parents and teachers can teach children with TBI-related memory issues how to pay careful, focused attention and engage actively in thinking about what is being learned.

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BrainSTARS: Planning
By: Jeanne E. Dise-Lewis, PhD, Margaret Lohr Calvery, PhD, and Hal C. Lewis, PhD | October 1, 2013
For kids with TBI who have trouble with planning, adult help is often required to anticipate and organize events, projects, and chores.

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In the Classroom: Traumatic Brain Injury … What Teachers Should Know
By: The Center on Brain Injury Research and Training, University of Oregon | August 15, 2013
What questions should teachers ask when working with a child with a brain injury?

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In the Classroom: Positive Behavior Supports
By: The Center on Brain Injury Research and Training, University of Oregon | August 14, 2013
Teachers need to be proactive in dealing with students with TBI who present challenging behaviors.

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In the Classroom: Academic Accommodations to Minimize Frustration and Encourage Success
By: The Center on Brain Injury Research and Training, University of Oregon | August 14, 2013
Students with TBI can be easily frustrated with academic tasks. Here are ideas for teachers and parents.

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Helping Teachers Working with Children with TBI
August 13, 2013
Teachers and staff need a knowledge and understanding of brain injury and what modifications kids with a brain injury may need in order to help their students most effectively.

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Being Flexible and Creative in Helping Children with TBI Navigate School
August 13, 2013
Dr. Ann Glang talks about how school teachers and staff in collaboration with parents can help a child with TBI have a fulfilling and successful experience during school and beyond.

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How Parents Can Best Work with the Teachers of their Child with TBI
August 13, 2013
Dr. Ann Glang talks about how parents can approach and work with teachers to ensure success in school for their child with brain injury.

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At Home and at School: Working as a Team to Help a Child with TBI
August 13, 2013
Listening, showing empathy, being respectful, and opening up to creative collaboration are all key ways parents and teachers can work together to help a child with brain injury.

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With TBI, Sometimes We Don't Know What We Don't Know
August 13, 2013
Families and schools need to communicate in order to make sure potential injury-related learning problems are not overlooked in a child with TBI.

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How Schools Can Prepare to Work with Children with TBI
August 12, 2013
Kids with TBI have similar challenges to kids with other disabilities, but they also have uneven skill profiles, meaning they may be strong in one area or academic subject but deficient in another.

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In the Classroom: Friendship and Peer Acceptance
By: The Center on Brain Injury Research and Training, University of Oregon | August 12, 2013
Help students with TBI maintain what friendships they can and replace those that will inevitably end by providing structures of support.

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For Teens, the Benefits of Vocational Rehabilitation Before Leaving High School
July 2, 2013
Dr. Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa talks about the advantages for adolescents with TBI to talk with their  vocational rehab counselors before leaving high school.

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Helping Adolescents with TBI Transition to Independence
July 2, 2013
Dr. Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa talks about her research working with teens with TBI and their parents on readiness for transition to independence.

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What Can Students with TBI Do If They Flunk Out?
July 2, 2013
Dr. Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa outlines several strategies to help high school and college students if they are not succeeding academically.

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens
July 2, 2013
Dr. Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa talks about her progran where peer counselors use their own experiences moving forward after a TBI to teach other adolescents positive and effective habits.

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Learning How to Learn in College, Especially After a Brain Injury
July 2, 2013
The most successful students with TBI in college are those who know their strengths and weaknesses, how to ask for help when they need it, and how to put the focus on how to learn they can rather than how they can't.

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Using Schools as a Resource After a Brain Injury
July 2, 2013
Although states and school systems vary, schools can be great resources for kids with TBI — and their parents. Support services can range from 504 plans and special ed to transition plans for teens.

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Partnerships Among Schools, Parents, and Medical Facilities Can Be Beneficial
July 2, 2013
Dr. Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa talks about how parents and schools can partner with medical facilities to better understand how a brain injury can affect a student socially, behaviorally, and academically.

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Educating Parents and Students on Academic Needs Post-TBI
July 2, 2013
Everyone wants to see a teen with TBI graduate with his class, but not tapping into all available support services like special ed or vocational rehab before graduating can set that person back later.

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For Adolescents with TBI, Getting Help with Plan B
July 2, 2013
If a student with TBI fails in college, go back to your family and circle of support to see what went wrong and what you can do differently to succeed in college or work.

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Programs in High Schools Can Help Teens with TBI Set New or Different Goals
July 2, 2013
Many high schools offer programs in technology or culinary arts, for example, that are one way for teens with TBI to learn some skills as jumping off places for future career opportunities.

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College Students with TBI Need to Learn How They Learn Best
July 2, 2013
To succeed in college, students with TBI need to learn what specifically they need in order to do well academically.

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Recovery from Concussion in Students
By: Jeanne E. Dise-Lewis, PhD | May 8, 2012
Here are some ways you can make sure your brain makes a full recovery after you have had a concussion.

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School-Based Plan for Student Support
By: Jeanne E. Dise-Lewis, PhD | May 8, 2012
Proper rest and any needed accommodations at school are necessary for recovery during the first 6-8 weeks after a concussion.

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BrainSTARS: Adolescent Self-Regulation
By: Jeanne E. Dise-Lewis, PhD, Margaret Lohr Calvery, PhD, and Hal C. Lewis, PhD | November 8, 2011
Despite their age, adolescents with self-regulation difficulties after brain injury require the amount of supervision and structure typically provided for younger children.

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BrainSTARS: Expressive Language
By: Jeanne E. Dise-Lewis, PhD, Margaret Lohr Calvery, PhD, and Hal C. Lewis, PhD | November 8, 2011
Children with expressive language difficulties need help participating in social and academic activities. Learn more.

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BrainSTARS: Non-Verbal Learning
By: Jeanne E. Dise-Lewis, PhD, Margaret Lohr Calvery, PhD, and Hal C. Lewis, PhD | November 8, 2011
Children with a nonverbal learning disorder lacks ability to learn and generalize from everyday experiences. Learn more.

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Accommodations Guide for Students with Brain Injury
By: Jeffrey Kreutzer, PhD and Nancy Hsu, PhD | October 27, 2011
A brain injury can often harm a student's important academic abilities like reading, arithmetic reasoning, vocabulary, writing, and spelling. Learn what accommodations are available in school to help.

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BrainSTARS: Attention
By: Jeanne E. Dise-Lewis, PhD, Margaret Lohr Calvery, PhD, and Hal C. Lewis, PhD | September 9, 2011
Remember that your child or student does not choose to not pay attention. Here are tips for parents and teachers to help.

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BrainSTARS: Word Retrieval
By: Jeanne E. Dise-Lewis, PhD, Margaret Lohr Calvery, PhD, and Hal C. Lewis, PhD | September 9, 2011
Learn how to help students with brain injury find the words they are looking for — at home and at school.

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BrainSTARS: Judgement
By: Jeanne E. Dise-Lewis, PhD, Margaret Lohr Calvery, PhD, and Hal C. Lewis, PhD | September 9, 2011
Poor judgement is a result of thinking problems, and is not intentional.

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BrainSTARS: Mental Processing Speed
By: Jeanne E. Dise-Lewis, PhD, Margaret Lohr Calvery, PhD, and Hal C. Lewis, PhD | September 9, 2011
Accommodate a child with TBI's slow mental processing with environmental supports. You will see the difference!

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BrainSTARS: New Learning
By: Jeanne E. Dise-Lewis, PhD, Margaret Lohr Calvery, PhD, and Hal C. Lewis, PhD | September 9, 2011
Use classroom performance, not global scores on intelligence and achievement testing, as your guide to instructional objectives and modifications for kids with TBI.

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BrainSTARS: Social Skills
By: Jeanne E. Dise-Lewis, PhD, Margaret Lohr Calvery, PhD, and Hal C. Lewis, PhD | September 9, 2011
Understand that your child or student may desire friendships but lacks the skills necessary to develop and nurture them. Learn how to help.

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Identifying a TBI: A Teacher's Role
By: BrainLine | May 5, 2011
Teachers are often the first to notice that something may be wrong with a student from a hit during sports.

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Making a Difference #5: Brain Injury in Children
By: The Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council | April 12, 2011
A TBI can derail a child's normal development process. Learn some myths and facts about kids with TBI.

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Simple Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in School After a TBI
By: BrainLine | March 15, 2011
Simple strategies like keeping a set of books at school and another at home can make an enormous difference for your child at school with a TBI.

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Returning to School After TBI
By: Paul Wehman, PhD, and Pam Targett, M. Ed | February 10, 2011
You know your child best. Parental involvement is crucial for a child with TBI returning to school.

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When Libby Lost Her Smile
By: Naomi Parker | Personal Stories | November 1, 2010
The story of a mother's relentless battle to help her daughter — in school and in life — after a brain injury.

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Effective Instruction: Optimizing Outcomes Following ABI
By: Laurie Ehlhardt, PhD, Patricia Sublette, PhD, and Ann Glang, PhD | October 13, 2010
Learn how systematic instruction can make all the difference for students — and adults — with brain injury.

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Tools and Resources for Educators Working with Kids with TBI
By: Brainline | July 29, 2010
Learn about the tools out there — from traumatic brain injury 101-type information to specifics on how to develop a student's individualized education plan.

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Recognizing a Child's Early TBI Later in the Classroom
By: Brainline | July 29, 2010
Sometimes problems don't surface until elementary school for kids who sustain a TBI early in childhood.

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Transitioning to Adult Life for Kids with TBI
By: Brainline | July 29, 2010
Studies are being done to find the best ways to help kids transition from the hospital back to school and from school to adult life.

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Learn How to Be a Proactive Advocate for Your Child
By: Brainline | July 29, 2010
Working in collaboration with your child's school and communicating clearly and calmly with teachers and administrators are two crucial strategies.

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School-Based Assessment of Executive Functions
By: The Teaching Research Institute-Eugene | July 1, 2010
Learn why assessing a student should never rely on a single test or measure.

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What is Needed for a TBI School Evaluation and Who Should Evaluate?
By: The Teaching Research Institute-Eugene | July 1, 2010
Learn what a TBI school evaluation entails — from  pre-injury performance to psychosocial assessments.

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Back to School After a Concussion
By: Pat Sublette, Oregon TBI Education Coordinator | July 1, 2010
Addressing cognitive, academic, or behavioral issues in students with TBI early will help with school success.

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Challenges for Students Following Brain Injury
By: The Teaching Research Institute-Eugene | July 1, 2010
Learn what problems can affect student with TBI — from issues with perceptual motor skills to problems with communication.

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Reentry to School After a Concussion or Closed Brain Injury
By: The Teaching Research Institute-Eugene | July 1, 2010
Students returning to school after a TBI need formal and consistent tracking.

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What Schools Need to Know About Children with Brain Injury
By: BrainLine | June 8, 2010
Children spend about six hours a day at school. Educating teachers about a child's need after TBI is crucial.

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Students with TBI: Learn About the IEP/504
By: Brain Injury Partners: Navigating the School System | June 1, 2010
Know your rights as a student with a TBI; schools have systems in place to help.

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Recurrent Issues for Parents of Students with TBI
By: The Teaching Research Institute-Eugene | June 1, 2010
It's a cliché, but knowledge is power. Learn what you need to know to help your child in school.

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Common Classroom Issues of Students with TBI
By: The Teaching Research Institute-Eugene | June 1, 2010
TBI-related problems in school can range from word-retrieval difficulties to impulsivity.

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Targeting Teachers in Treating Brain Injury in Children
May 25, 2010
Ninety-nine percent of services kids will need after a TBI will be in the school setting. Teachers are key.

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Don't Give Up: Advocate for Your Child with Traumatic Brain Injury
May 25, 2010
Parents know their children better than anyone. Follow your instincts — right after your child's injury or ten years after the fact.

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Is Your Child the Class Troublemaker or Does He Have a Traumatic Brain Injury?
May 25, 2010
Medication intervention in pediatric brain injury is complex and controversial. Learn more.

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Heads Up to Schools: Know Your ABCs — for Teachers, Counselors, and School Professionals
By: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | January 1, 2010
Learn your Concussion ABCs.

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Heads Up to Schools: Know Your ABCs — for School Nurses
By: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | January 1, 2010
For school nurses, know your Concussion ABCs.

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Speech Recognition for Learning
By: The National Center for Technology Innovation | January 1, 2010
Learn how current speech recognition technology can help students with brain injury or other disabilities.

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Assistive Technology and the IEP
By: Family Center on Technology and Disability | November 18, 2009
Parents are their child's most  effective advocate after brain injury. Learn more.

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Transitioning Back to School After a TBI
By: Carolyn Rocchio | Ask the Expert | September 1, 2009
Laws and services available to help your child return to school.

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Helping Your Child Return to School Successfully
By: Nancy Hsu, Taryn Stejskal, and Jeffrey Kreutzer | June 19, 2009
Your child may be entitled to certain services and supports.

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Working with Schools
By: The Beach Center on Disability | March 31, 2009
Build a strong family-school connection.

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Section 504: The Law and Its Impact on Postsecondary Education
By: The American Council on Education | March 31, 2009
Colleges that receive federal financial assistance cannot discriminate. Learn more.

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Parents’ Guide to the Transition of Their Adult Child to College, Career, and Community
By: HEATH Resource Center | January 1, 2009
Help your child return to school and life after brain injury.

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Integrating the Arts with Technology: Inspiring Creativity
By: National Center for Technology Innovation | January 1, 2009
Integrating arts into the curriculum, especially for kids with brain injury or other disabilities, can produce many amazing results.

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New Electronics: Turn Them On for Learning
By: National Center for Technology Innovation | January 1, 2009
Learn how to integrate the use of new technologies with instruction and studying for kids with TBI or other disabilities.

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Online Safety for Children with LD
By: National Center for Technology Innovation | January 1, 2009
All children are at risk for being bullied or harassed, but for those with disabilities, bullying is more prevalent.

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Tips for Teaching LD Children About Online Safety
By: Center for Implementing Technology in Education | January 1, 2009
Assume that anything posted on the web is there forever.

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What Is the Situation for Children with TBI?
By: Mount Sinai Medical Center | July 25, 2008
The effects of TBI on children differ from the effects on injured adults.

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Teaching Techniques
By: BrainLine | Research Update | July 1, 2008
Find out what studies show about teaching strategies for children TBI.

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Lesión cerebral traumaticá: La historia de Susana
By: Centro Nacional de Diseminación de Información para Niños con Discapacidades | Spanish | January 1, 2008
Entender los conceptos básicos de un TBI es crucial, sobre todo porque los síntomas pueden ser invisibles.

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General Information for Parents and Educators on TBI
By: The Teaching Research Institute-Eugene | January 1, 2008
Must-know information for parents and educators.

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Medical Complications from TBI
By: The Teaching Research Institute-Eugene | January 1, 2008
The body almost always heals faster than the brain after injury.

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If You Suspect a Student Has a TBI
By: The Teaching Research Institute-Eugene | January 1, 2008
Does your student get lost changing tasks in the classroom? Does he show signs of fatigue or irritability? Learn what signs can indicate a TBI.

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Blogs, Wikis, and Text Messaging: What are the Implications for Students with Learning Disabilities
By: Center for Implementing Technology in Education | January 1, 2008
Using modern innovations to help with school work and life.

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Feeling Safe at School: How New Technologies Can Help
By: National Center for Technology Innovation | January 1, 2008
Social and emotional conditions at school are crucial, especially for kids with brain injury or other disabilities.

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Making the Written Word Easier for Readers with Print Disabilities
By: National Center for Technology Innovation | January 1, 2008
Find solutions to help your child who may have trouble reading print.

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Reading Software: Finding the Right Program
By: Center for Implementing Technology in Education | January 1, 2008
Learn about the various reading software applications that address different needs.

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Tips, Contacts, and Tools for State Agencies
By: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) | February 1, 2007
Contacts and information from the various state agencies.

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Traumatic Brain Injury: Susan's Story
By: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities | May 1, 2006
Understanding the basics of TBI is crucial, especially since the symptoms can be invisible.

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Boosting Inclusion in After School Activities with AT and Supplemental Services
By: National Center for Technology Innovation | January 1, 2006
Participation in extra-curricular activities like art, music, theater, or sports comes with many benefits -- from social integration to higher self-esteem.

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Help for Young Learners: How to Choose AT
By: National Center for Technology Innovation | January 1, 2006
Assitive technologies for young kids can include low-tech items, like pillows and mirrors, as well as high-tech items, such as augmentative communication devices.

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Using Assistive Technology to Support Writing
By: Center for Implementing Technology in Education | January 1, 2006
Learn how to use assistive technology to help your students with TBI become better writers.

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Classroom Interventions for Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries
By: Julie M. Bowen | January 1, 2005
There is a lot to know about helping children with TBI successfully return to the classroom.

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Integration of Neuropsychology in Educational Planning Following Traumatic Brain Injury
By: Peter L. Stavinoha | January 1, 2005
Educators need to know what to look for and how to help students with TBI.

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Traumatic Brain Injury: Perspectives from Educational Professionals
By: J. Darrell Mohr and Lyndal M. Bullock | January 1, 2005
Learning to live with neurological deficits.

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The Great Leap Forward: Transitioning into the Adult World
By: Ronald C. Savage | January 1, 2005
Learn about services to support students with TBI before and after they leave public school.

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A Student's Guide to the IEP
By: The National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilties | January 1, 2002
It's your education; be part of its planning after a brain injury.


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