Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV

Did you know?

  • Every 9 seconds someone in the United States sustains a brain injury.

  • More than 3.6 million people sustain an ABI each year.

  • At least 2.8 million people sustain a TBI each year.

  • Each year approximately 26,000 children in PA sustain traumatic brain injury (mild, moderate, or severe).
  • 22,000 of those are concussions.
  • Approximately 70% of students who’ve sustained a concussion should recover within 4 weeks, but 20% of students may have prolonged recovery.

The BrainSTEPS (Strategies Teaching Educators, Parents, &

Students) Brain Injury School Re-Entry Consulting Program

assists Pennsylvania schools in creating appropriate

educational plans for students following acquired brain

injury (ABI). ABIs are brain injuries that occur after birth

and include both traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and

non-traumatic brain injuries (non-TBI). ABIs can cause cognitive,

physical, social-emotional, and behavioral impairments that impact

classroom performance and learning.

Return to Learn (RTL)

While it is true that an athlete must be 100% symptom-free before Return to Sports, they do NOT need to be 100% symptom-free to RTL.

The majority of children who sustain an ABI will return to school with at least one impact cognitive, physical, emotional, social, and/or behavioral

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First Layer of Support

Concussion Management Team (CMT)

Your school can participate in the Free, Online 5.5 hours,

On-Demand Official Return to Learn Concussion Management

Team (CMT) Training Course

For more information:

Second Layer of Support

What Can the BrainSTEPS Team Do:

  • Communicate with the district, family, medical, & rehabilitation professionals

  • Gather medical, rehab, & educational records to assist the school in making educational recommendations

  • Conduct student observations

  • Provide peer, parent & school training

  • Assist in student transitions serving as a consistent point of contact for students through the years

  • Offer families support, education & connections to community resources

  • Monitor all referred students annually until graduation

Who is referred to the BrainSTEPS Program

A student who:

  1. Has an acquired brain injury

  2. Is having difficulty at school as a result of the acquired brain injury

Concussion referrals are taken at 4-6 weeks post-concussion unless the severity warrants a referral sooner.

How to make a referral to IU IV BrainSTEpS team

Anyone can make a referral:

1. Go to

2. Click on Make a Student Referral and fill out

the required information.

3. Click submit.

4. Once the MIU IV BrainSTEPS team receives the referral the school will be contacted to discuss the case.

5. There will be a one-time fee of $400. The BrainSTEPS team will follow the student until graduation.

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If you are interested in more information about the
BrainSTEPS Program,

please contact:
Bryda Drumm, LSW, H &SV
MIU IV's BrainSTEPS Program Team Leader