Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Services
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury to the brain that is caused by an external physical force. Causes might include motor vehicle or pedestrian accidents, falls, violence, or high risk sports injuries. The long-term effects of brain injury are hard to predict and often change over time.
The educational definition of TBI means that the child has an injury to the brain caused by an external physical force, the child’s condition is permanent or expected to last for more than 60 calendar days, the child’s injury results in an impairment of one or more areas, the disability has an adverse impact on the child’s educational performance, and the child needs special education services. Students with brain injuries that are congenital or degenerative or brain injuries induced by birth trauma, stroke, or medication are not eligible under the category of TBI but may be eligible under a different category.