Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussion Resources For Educators

The High Desert Education Service District offers concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) resources for educators working to help students get the academic and emotional support they need along their path to recovery. Fortunately, as a teacher in Central Oregon, you have access to one of the most comprehensive brain injury partnerships in the state. In Central Oregon, health professionals and educators work together to identify, assess and serve students with concussion or TBI from birth to 21 years of age.

The High Desert Education Service District works closely with The Center for Orthopedic and Neurological Care & Research, including a team of highly experienced brain injury medical experts, to help you advocate for and support your student. HDESD also enjoys a long-standing partnership with the national Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (cBirt), an organization focused on helping educators and other professionals improve outcomes for people with brain injury.

While students with concussion or TBI often share common characteristics, each has unique needs requiring individual planning and intervention strategies to support their educational and emotional success. Below are steps you can take to support and advocate for your student.

Executive Functions in Students with Acquired Brain Injury
Lyn Turkstra, Ph.D

For a copy of the training handout, click here.

Resources & Tools

Contact Your School Or District TBI Coach

Check with your school administrator to find out if your school or District has a local TBI coach that can work with you to identify and support your student’s needs. If your school or District does not have a local TBI coach, contact the High Desert Education Service District’s Regional TBI Liaison for Central Oregon who may be able to help coordinate services in partnership with you.

Access Teacher Tools & Resources

Visit the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT) website for a wealth of tools and evidence-based information designed specifically for educators working with students who have suffered concussion or traumatic brain injury. CBIRT has a comprehensive library of downloadable information and instructional tools to help you and your student find successful academic strategies post concussion or traumatic brain injury. CBIRT is designed to help Oregon educators learn about brain injury, identify, evaluate, plan assistive technology, write IEPs for students and help with transitions.

Learn About CBIRT’s Annual State Conference

Each academic year, CBIRT offers an annual statewide conference for school teachers, staff and parents for a minimal fee. The conference feature National experts and the latest information on concussion and TBI.

Contact The Oregon Brain Injury Resource Network (OBIRN)

For personalized searches of literature and resources, contact Laura Beck at (877) 872-7246 or email her at

Sign Up For The TBI Tidbits Newsletter

The Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT) provides a monthly newsletter featuring concussion and TBI tips and resources for educators.

Eligibility & Referrals

Service Eligibility

Services are available to children and students who are identified as having an educational eligibility for TBI services and have been referred by the local school districts or EI/ECSE program.


For school age children referrals for an evaluation are made by a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team or their district’s special education office. For children birth to five, referrals are made through their early intervention or early childhood special education team.

Central Oregon Concussion & TBI Partnerships

The Concussion & TBI program is a partnership between:

  • High Desert Education Service District
  • Central Oregon School Districts
  • Oregon Department of Education
  • Western Oregon University — Teaching Research Institute

Learn more about Traumatic Brain Injury.