Thursday, May 17, 2012

Brain-Damaged Children Receive Special Programming

Children are perhaps one of the most susceptible groups of people to suffer from lasting brain damage.  This is due in part to their still-developing brains at the time of an accident.  Children in the eastern Pennsylvania area of Berks County that have suffered brain damage are receiving aid for their injuries through a program called BrainSTEPS.

BrainSTEPS (Brain Strategies Teaching Educators, Parents and Students) is a school re-entry teaching program for both parents and families.  This program, used by the Berks County Intermediate Unit, works to be a go-between for the families and their school districts to help brain-injured children get the appropriate accommodations in school. 
Based at the Berks County Intermediate Unit, the program is a liaison between students and school districts to help come up with ways children with brain injuries can be better accommodated in school.  The program includes observing the child in his/her classroom setting, as well as setting up meetings with teachers at the school to explain the specific brain injury and how/what parts of the brain have been injured.  From those meetings and data-gathering observations, the teachers and parents can come up with the right accommodations to make the classroom a more suitable and appropriate place for that child's learning needs.   According to the article, BrainSTEPS is a program unique to Pennsylvania and is based at various intermediate units throughout the state.  It is free and funded by the state departments of health and education.

Serious brain and spinal cord injuries are devastating and life-changing. These injuries are especially emotional and challenging when they happen to children.  If you have been injured due to the fault of another and now have long-lasting spinal cord or brain damage, it may be time to consult with an attorney.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer practicing in western and central Pennsylvania. For more information on his firm, please click here

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