Chester County Intermediate Unit

Each year, over 4,000 of Pennsylvania’s children survive traumatic brain injuries significant enough to require hospitalization. Many of these children are left with life-altering difficulties in physical, cognitive or behavioral functioning.

The Chester County BrainSTEPS Consulting Team was trained by the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, through grants from the PA Department of Health and the PA Department of Education. The team members have formed into a Child and Adolescent Brain Injury School Re-Entry Program called “BrainSTEPS”.

BrainSTEPS is working to make sure that those who provide educational support to children with brain injury have a good understanding that will help these students achieve optimal educational success.

BrainSTEPS is a “Brain Injury School Re-Entry” model that covers the state of Pennsylvania. BrainSTEPS Consulting Teams are comprised of professionals from varying disciplines who have received extensive training on educating students with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Team members will act as consultants for Chester County students ages 3-21 and are available to provide training and resources to colleagues and families. 
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ImPACT's Test is computerized and takes about 25 minutes to complete. ImPACT recommends that it be administered by an ImPACT trained athletic trainer, school nurse, athletic director, team doctor or psychologist. Baseline tests are suggested every two years. If a concussion is suspected, the baseline report will serve as a comparison to a repeat ImPACT test, which professionals can use to assess potential changes or damage caused by a concussion.

 For information on how to schedule for ImPACT testing for your team or child, please contact us at
To initiate consultative services, contact BrainSTEPS:
Chester County BrainSTEPS
Chester County Intermediate Unit
455 Boot Road
Downingtown, PA 19335
484-237-5354   or  Email
Or register at
In order to start the referral process, we need the Permission for Consultation signed and returned.
To request a training, please complete the Training Request BrainSTEPS form.
Trainings and information:
American Academy of Pediatrics, PA Medical Home Initiative, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Webinar Series 
1 hour
Vision Issues that Impact Academics & School Day Function
Nathan Steinhafel, M.S., O.D., F.A.A.O. Pediatric & Adult Vision Care
Vestibular/Balance Issues that Impact Academics & School Day Function
Lenore Herget, PT, DPT, MEd, Massachusetts General Hospital
Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injuries and Epilepsy: What Schools Need to Know
Brenda Eagan Brown and the Epilepsy Foundation of PA
Children and Youth with TBI: Identifying Students with TBI and Reintegration Into School After Injury
Brenda Eagan Brown et al.,   TBI HRSA Webinar about Students
1.5 hours
Medical Assessment & Management from Acute to Sub Acute Stages
Gerard Gioia, PhD, Children’s National Medical Center
Educational Impacts, Return to School Progression, & Symptom Based Accommodations to Promote Recovery
Brenda Eagan Brown, MEd, CBIS, BrainSTEPS
Legal Dimensions for Schools
Perry Zirkel, PhD, JD, LLM, Lehigh University
Supporting Emotional & Mental Health of Students with Protracted Recovery
David Brent, MD, STAR Child & Adolescent Anxiety Clinic
2.5 hours
Paraprofessional & Teacher Training on TBI
Brenda Eagan Brown, MEd, CBIS
Half Day
Pennsylvania's Brain STEPS Program: Educational Implications of Concussions and Moderate and Severe Brain Injuries That Students in Your Schools and Preschools are Experiencing

Brenda Eagan Brown, MEd, CBIS, PA Dept of Ed conference, Feb. 2009
Intervention for Adolescents with Acquired Brain Injury
Dr. Lynn Turkstra
Full Day
Working with Families When a Child Has an Acquired Brain Injury
Dr. Roberta DePompei
The Development of Self-Regulation in Students with Acquired Brain Injury
Dr. Timothy Feeney, PhD
A Legal Primer on Students with Traumatic and Other Acquired Brain Injury
Dr. Perry Zirkel
BrainSTEPS - Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Ages 0-5
Dr. Stephen Hooper
IEPs and Effective Program Planning for Students With Traumatic Brain Injury
Dr. Patricia Sublette, PhD and Dr. Deborah Ettel, PhD
Strategies for Executive Skills Development in Students with Traumatic Brain Injury
Dr. Peg Dawson and Dr. Richard Guare
Federal Department of Education & Brain Injury Association of America Webinar on TBI in Students for Parent Training Centers
Brenda Eagan Brown, MEd, CBIS
BrainSTEPS Presents: Concussions in the Classroom - Return to Learning
Brenda Eagan Brown, MEd, CBIS

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