What is Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) occurs when an outside force traumatically injures the brain. It can be caused by falls, vehicle accidents, violence or loss of consciousness. TBI is especially common among children and young adults, but is often under-identified and can make it difficult for students to be successful in school and social settings.

What Are Some of the Indicators of TBI?

TBI can affect a student’s ability to learn and perform in cognitive, behavioral, academic and social realms. Symptoms can be unpredictable, confusing and may include:

  • Impulsivity
  • Profound emotional changes
  • Changes in judgment
  • Communication difficulties
  • Aggressiveness

For more information about services available to students, families and educators in Central Oregon, visit the following HDESD website pages:

Concussion & TBI resources for students & families

Concussion & TBI resources for educators

For general information on concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury, visit the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT) website.

Regional Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) team hosted a state-wide training

The Regional Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) team hosted a state-wide training on April 1.  Nearly 100 educators from around the state came to learn from Tim Feeney, who speaks to audiences all over the world about collaborative supports for individuals with brain injury and challenging behaviors. No one ever leaves empty handed, they always have a tool they can put in place the next day for a student who is struggling to regulate their...

What you should know about youth concussions

The High Desert Education Service District and The Center Foundation are hosting a FREE community presentation for parents, students, families, teachers, school staff, coaches, trainers, referees and all community members interested in learning about youth concussions. Featured speakers include: Viviane Ugalde, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation for The Center: Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Care & Research; and Sondra Marshall, PhD, Psychologist for St. Charles Behavioral Health Services. Parents and athletes will also share personal recovery stories.   September 256:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Bend Parks and RecreationRiver Bend Community Room799 SW Columbia Street, BendFreeNo registration requiredContact: Carol Stiles, 541-322-2399 or visit centerfoundation.org. Concussion Management in a School Setting The High Desert Education Service District and The Center on Brain Injury Research & Treatment (CBIRT) are hosting a FREE concussion conference and lunch for educators including school nurses, psychologists, speech pathologists, school administrators, athletic directors, coaches and counselors. Featured speakers include nationally recognized youth concussion researchers and experts Dr. Gerry Gioia and Dr. Kevin Guskiewic. There will also be a special lunchtime presentation for school administrators, athletic and nursing staff on concussion laws and school responsibility. September 269:00 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.The River House Hotel & Convention Center3075 U.S. 97 Business, BendFreeRegistration RequiredContact: Sue Hayes (541) 693-5712 or visit http://cbirt.org/events/september-2014-tbi-team-training/ Best Practices in Youth Concussion Management The High Desert Education Service District and The Center on Brain Injury Research & Treatment (CBIRT) are hosting a concussion conference session for medical providers with CMES. Featured speakers include nationally recognized youth concussion researchers and experts Dr. Gerry Gioia and Dr. Kevin Guskiewic. Saturday, September 278:00 – 11:00 a.m.The Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center3075 U.S. 97...