Toolbox

Listed below are a variety of tools (resources) to help identify, recover, and manage everyday activities following a concussion and traumatic brain injury (TBI). 

The Tennessee Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Program was established to provide services to individuals and their families after a brain injury occurs. The program connects these individuals with service coordinators and additional resources to aid in management of the injury.

Through the TN TBI Program, there are eight service coordinators across the state who directly work with individuals who have experienced a concussion and their families to fill in the gaps in the service delivery system. They provide free services and resources that fit individual needs.

 

In 2017, the TN Department of Health released the Return to Learn/Return to Play Concussion Management Guidelines designed for sport and non-sport related concussions. The document includes information regarding concussions/TBIs, as well as information about returning to learn and play after a concussion.

 

 

When a child’s brain is hurt, it has the potential to impact the ability to return to school and perform the same as before the injury occurred. The Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT) provides information and resources for parents and educators to help a child’s transition back to school.

 

Building Blocks of Brain DevelopmentBrain Injury Resource Network is a tool that includes information for parents regarding the care for their child after a brain injury occurs. The site also includes the Building Blocks of Brain Development, which details the complexity of brain functions and how an injury can impact the various components of thinking. The interactive graphic also outlines behavioral and cognitive impacts, assessment suggestions, and environmental accommodations for each “block” that may be impaired.

 

 

Get Schooled on Concussions is a great source filled with one-page documents covering a large variety of topics, such as monitoring symptoms, test taking, and teenage driving.

 

 

 

Project BRAIN has developed a Symptom Tracking Tool to assist with monitoring of concussion symptoms. While symptoms generally resolve within two weeks after a concussion occurs, it is important to track symptoms to monitor progress and any changes.

 

TN STEP is a statewide program designed to support and train parents and families of children with disabilities through workshops, conferences, one-on-one assistance and multimedia training. Though it is not common, concussions can result in a temporary or life-long disability, and TN STEP can help with the transitional process and provide informational resources.

Family Voices is another Tennessee resource designed to support families of children with disabilities through connections to resources and peer mentorship. Assistance can be provided for many different situations, such as navigating healthcare systems, training caregivers in advocacy, and educating professionals on honoring the voices of families. 

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