The BrainSTEPS Program was created to build a bridge connecting the medical, rehabilitation, education sectors and families following student (K-12) acquired brain injury (ABI). ABIs can cause cognitive, physical, socio-emotional, and behavioral impairments that impact classroom performance and learning. In 2007, the Pennsylvania Department of Health established the BrainSTEPS Program to address this issue. BrainSTEPS consulting teams support school teams in the development and implementation of educational plans following student ABI.
The original BrainSTEPS model in PA is currently funded by the PA Department of Health and the PA Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, and is implemented by the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania. In 2017, BrainSTEPS was recognized by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a national model for educational consultation supporting students and school teams in the development and implementation of educational supports and services following an acquired brain injury.
The Montgomery County Intermediate Unit BrainSTEPS team seeks to support both public and non-public school students as they re-enter school following acquired brain injury. They provide information to families and schools, links to resources, and provide training to school staff to learn more about the impacts and effects of concussion and other acquired brain injuries.
For more information about the Montgomery County BrainSTEPS team, please contact:
Aviele Koffler, Ph.D.
Program Administrator of Mental Health Services