Traumatic Brain Injury
Special Education
Traumatic Brain Injury

Paige Lujan, Speech/Language
TBI Team Co-Lead

Susan Effler
Severe Needs Coordinator - Secondary
Autism Severe Needs & TBI Team

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?  



A child with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a child with an acquired injury to the brain caused by an external physical force resulting in total or partial functional disability or psychosocial impairment or both, which impairment adversely affects the child's ability to receive reasonable educational benefit from general education.  A qualifying Traumatic Brain Injury is an open or closed head injury resulting in impairments in one or more areas, such as cognition; language; memory; attention; reasoning; abstract thinking; judgment; problem-solving; sensory, perceptual, and motor abilities; psychosocial behavior; physical functions; information processing; and speech.  The term "traumatic brain injury" under this rule does not apply to brain injuries that are congenital or degenerative, or to brain injuries induced by birth trauma.

What is the CCSD's TBI team?

The TBI team was formed as a support to students, staff and parents around effectively educating students with a TBI.  The team can provide consultation and information to building teams who service TBI students.

The TBI team consists of Cherry Creek staff members from many disciplines including:  Special Education T
eachers, Nurses, Speech/Language Specialists, School Social Workers and Psychologists, Vision Service Providers, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and various Student Achievement Services liaisons.

The team meets monthly after school hours.



Any Cherry Creek student from 3 to 21 years of age with a documented traumatic brain injury is eligible for referral to the Brain Injury Team. 

Referral forms can be obtained on the Backyard/Groups/TBI and returned to Paige Lujan.


Brain Injury Association of Colorado

Colorado Department of Education​
Colorado Kids Brain Injury Resource Network​​​​

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