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Educating Students with TBI: Themes and Recommendations

Ylvisaker, Mark PhD; Todis, Bonnie PhD; Glang, Ann PhD; Urbanczyk, Beth MS; Franklin, Cecilia MEd; DePompei, Roberta PhD; Feeney, Timothy PhD; Maxwell, Nancy Maher MEd; Pearson, Sue MA; Tyler, Janet Siantz PhD

Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation: February 2001 - Volume 16 - Issue 1 - p 76–93
Public Policy Issues

Ten educational consultants and researchers, each with extensive experience working with children with traumatic brain injury (TBI) in school settings, identified seven themes related to serving this population in public schools. These themes are discussed under the headings (1) incidence of TBI and prevalence of persistent educational disability, (2) diversity and central tendencies within the population, (3) assessment, (4) intervention and support in school settings, (5) training and support for educators, (6) intervention and support for families, and (7) systems change and flexibility. For each theme, a set of recommendations is provided, forming an educational research and policy agenda for pediatric TBI.

Associate Professor* (Ylvisaker)

Associate Research Professor† (Todis) (Glang)

Traumatic Brain Injury Consultant‡ (Urbanczyk)

Itinerant Teacher for Students with Traumatic Brain Injury§ (Franklin)

Professor‖ (DePompei)

Director¶†† (Feeney) (Tyler)

Director of Pupil Personnel Services# (Maxwell)

Consultant for Students with Brain Injury** (Pearson)

Address all correspondence to: Mark Ylvisaker, PhD, 1171 Van Antwerp Rd., Schenectady, NY 12309. email:

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.