Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

What's Required

(c)  Eligibility definitions.

(11)  Traumatic brain injury. A student with a traumatic brain injury is one who has been determined to meet the criteria for traumatic brain injury as stated in 34 CFR, §300.8(c)(12). The multidisciplinary team that collects or reviews evaluation data in connection with the determination of a student's eligibility based on a traumatic brain injury must include a licensed physician, in addition to the licensed or certified practitioners specified in subsection (b)(1) of this section.

What We Do

A student with a traumatic brain injury is one who has been determined to have an acquired injury to the brain caused by an external physical force resulting in total or partial functional disability and/or psychosocial impairment that adversely affects a child’s educational performance.

Traumatic brain injury applies to open or closed head injuries resulting in impairments in one or more areas, such as cognition, language, memory, attention, reasoning, abstract thinking, judgment, problem-solving, sensory, perceptual motor abilities, psychosocial behavior, physical functions, information processing and speech.

Traumatic brain injury does not apply to brain injuries that are congenital or degenerative or to brain injuries induced by birth trauma.

The multidisciplinary team that collects and reviews evaluation data must include a licensed physician.

Evaluation to determine educational need is performed by district personnel qualified to assess those areas that are suspected to adversely affect the student’s educational performance.