TBI/Concussion Resources for Parents and Families

What You Can Do

If you are the parent or family member of a Central Oregon student who has experienced a concussion or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), 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 support your student along a path towards recovery. HDESD also enjoys a long-standing partnership with The Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT)/Return to School, an organization focused on helping educators and other professionals improve outcomes for people with brain injury.

While students with a concussion or TBI often share common characteristics, each has unique needs requiring individual planning and intervention strategies to support their educational and emotional success.

As a parent or family member, there are few things you can do to get started:

Consult A Medical Provider

If you think your student may have a concussion or traumatic brain injury, consult a medical professional immediately for an assessment.

Contact Your Student’s School

If your child or teen has sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury or concussion, contact your school counselor or nurse for support and guidance.

Learn About Concussion & TBI

Visit the Return to School website for more information.

Contact CBIRT

For personalized searches for literature and resources, contact Laura Beck at lbeck@uoregon.edu or complete to online form: https://cbirt.org/about-us/ask-us



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 Partnership

The Concussion & TBI program is a partnership between:

  • High Desert Education Service District (HDESD)
  • Central Oregon School Districts
  • Oregon Department of Education (ODE)
  • Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT)
  • Return to School