Helping Students with Brain Injuries - Module 1: Understanding Brain Injury

Course Summary

1. Title: Helping Students with Brain Injuries
- Module 1: Understanding Brain Injury

2. Keywords/Themes: Brain Structure, Mechanisms
of Brain Injury, Brain Injury severity, Neurobehavioral skills, Core Cognitive
Functions, Executive Functions, Left Hemisphere Disorders, Right Hemisphere
Disorders, Developmental Stages,

3.
Course Description:

There are three
sections in this course:

Section 1: Brain Structure and Function


Section 2: Common Deficits Following Brain Injury

Section 3: Assessment of Functioning after Brain Injury

4.
Intended Audience: PK-12 teachers, school nurses, Area Education Agency staff,
school psychologists, speech / language therapists, occupational therapists,
para educators, school administrators, social workers, parents, and caregivers.

5. Learning Objectives:

Section 1: Brain Structure and Function

After completing this section, participants
will be able to:

  • Explain basic brain structure and its function
  • Identify common causes of brain injury
  • Describe the mechanisms of brain injury
  • Identify brain regions that are susceptible to damage in
    traumatic brain injury

Section 2: Common Deficits Following Brain
Injury

After completing this section, participants
will be able to:

  • Identify the effects of brain injury
  • Recognize the neurobehavioral skills that suffer most after
    brain injury

Section 3: Assessment of Functioning after
Brain Injury

After completing this section, participants
will be able to:

  • Describe special considerations in conducting assessments
  • Recognize unique problems associated with assessing brain
    injury
  • Identify strategies for assessing core neurobehavioral
    functions

6. Pre-requisites/Learning Level: No pre-requisites

7. Competencies addressed:

Core Competencies for Public Health
Professionals identified:

Domain 1: Analytical/Assessment Skills

1A1. Describes factors affecting the health of a community
(e.g., equity, income, education, environment)

1A12. Contributes to assessments of community health status and factors
influencing health in a community (e.g., quality, availability, accessibility,
and use of health services; access to affordable housing)

Domain 2: Policy Development/Program Planning
Skills

2A6. Gathers information that can inform options for
policies, programs, and services (e.g., secondhand smoking policies, data use
policies, HR policies, immunization programs, food safety programs)

2A7. Describes implications of policies, programs, and services

Domain 3: Communication Skills

3A3. Solicits input from individuals and organizations
(e.g., chambers of commerce, religious organizations, schools, social service
organizations, hospitals, government, community-based organizations, various
populations served) for improving the health of a community

Domain 6: Public Health Sciences Skills

6A2. Identifies prominent events in the history of public
health (e.g., smallpox eradication, development of vaccinations, infectious
disease control, safe drinking water, emphasis on hygiene and hand washing,
access to health care for people with disabilities)

8. CEUs Offered: None

9. Cost: Free

10. Modality/format: Online Self-Pace

11. Length:  1 hour

12. Presenter(s) and/or Content
Experts: Scott Lindgren, PhD; Angie Smith PsyD

13. Technical requirements:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Flash Player 
  • Speakers

14. Registration requirements: Register a free account

15. Creation and/or update: April 12, 2012