ERIC Number: ED417541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Best Practices in Assessment and Programming for Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries.
North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Div. for Exceptional Children.
This manual is intended to give teachers a basic understanding of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and an in-depth understanding of techniques for evaluating the student with TBI in order to provide appropriate programming. Section 1 introduces a definition of TBI including incidence and causes, an overview of neuroanatomy, primary and secondary medical effects of TBI, and TBI and the schools. Section 2 offers fundamentals of brain development and function, such as basic principles of brain development, effects of damage on the developing brain, and brain-behavior relationships. Section 3 is on best practices in the assessment of students with TBI. It covers foundations of a TBI assessment battery and specific assessment techniques in general cognitive functioning, language, memory and learning, attention, visuoperceptual functioning, motor functioning, social-emotional functioning, and academic achievement. A seven-step procedure for conducting evaluations is also provided. Section 4 covers school reentry and appropriate programming for TBI students with suggested school reentry procedures and guidelines for programming, such as developing an intervention program, basic forms of intervention with TBI students, the use of computers in cognitive retraining, developing the TBI student's individualized education program, and dealing with the family of the TBI student. Appended are a glossary, descriptions of tests and ordering information, and a sample TBI report. (Contains approximately 175 references, a glossary of terms, test descriptions, and a sample TBI report.) (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Div. for Exceptional Children.