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Brain Injury Regional School Support Team
(BIRSST)

ESU #1, #7 and #8 are banded together to create this region’s school support team for brain injury. Through a grant provided by the State of Nebraska, staff from these ESUs receive yearly training on brain injury. The team members serving on this specialty team are:

ESU #1
Arianne Conley
Nurse
Project Director for the Northeast Region

aconley@esu1.org (402) 369-6700

Heather Barron-Galvan
School Psychologist
hbarron@esu1.org

 

ESU #7
Amy Slama
Transition Specialist / Speech Pathologist
aslama@esu7.org (402) 564-0815

 

ESU #8
Sonya Simons
School Psychologist
ssimons@esu8.org (402) 640-2873

Jill Bates
R.N. / Assistant Administrator
jbates@esu8.org (402) 887-5041 ext. 1224

 

Services we provide include:

  • consultation with you and/or your staff if a child in your district sustains a head injury
  • staff education on concussion management
  • staff education on head injury and its impact on educational performance

Please contact the Central Office at (402) 287-2061 or Arianne Conley at (402) 369-6700 if you need this team to consult with your district.


Resources

Concussion Law 2014

Brain Injury in Children and Youth: A Manual for Educators

 

https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/pdfs/custom/headsupconcussion_parent_athlete_info.pdf
*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Concussion training for parents and students
to sign and return to school. Provide an extra copy for parents to keep at home.

https://www.education.ne.gov/sped/birsst.html
*Nebraska Department of Education — Brain Injury Supports

http://rockymountainhospitalforchildren.com/service/concussion-management
*REAP guidelines for concussion management

http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/index.html
*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — HEADS UP is series of educational initiatives,
developed by CDC, that all have a common goal: Protect kids and teens by raising awareness to
improve prevention, recognition and response to concussion and other serious brain injuries.

http://cbirt.org/ocamp/
*The Center on Brain Injury Research & Training — Information for administrators, teachers,
parents and the student in recognizing a concussion and how to manage it effectively.

www.getschooledonconcussions.com
*One page concussion fact sheets for teachers, administrators, school nurses, school
mental health, counselors and parents.

 

Concussion
and Return to Learn / Return to Play video
Great concussion and return to learn training video for students, parents and staff.
 

 

Special Education Departments

 

Questions? Comments? Please email Scott or Tracey.