ERIC Number: ED337972
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Nature of Services Provided Students with Traumatic Brain Injury in Virginia.
Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.
A survey of Virginia's local school divisions was conducted to obtain data on the number of students in Virginia with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the nature of the services provided to them. A definition of traumatic brain injury is presented, and disorders resulting from TBI are listed, followed by a list of services required by this population. Based on the Head Injury Registry, the incidence figure given for Virginia was 13,203 persons aged 2 through 22. Survey responses were received from 78 school divisions and the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind, representing 60% of the students in public education in the state. Through the survey, 133 students with traumatic brain injury were identified, which is projected to a total of 220 students statewide. The largest number of students were within the 14-17 age group. Of the students identified, 84% were served within the public school buildings, with the majority being served by special education in self-contained classrooms. A significant number of students were receiving (in addition to academic instruction) physical and/or occupational therapy, functional living skills instruction, special transportation, speech and language services, and health monitoring. Other services received were adapted physical education, counseling, vision therapy, vocational skills, and cognitive retraining. Few students received the benefits of transition services. School division personnel indicated a need for information regarding the provision of services to TBI students. Implications and recommendations are offered. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.