CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC & COVID-19 RESOURCES
Resources for Parents & Educators
The Arkansas Co-Teaching Project has compiled an extensive list of helpful resources so that all students, including those with disabilities, can continue to receive a quality education while schools are closed.
EasterSeals Outreach & Technology Services
Easterseals has created a website of COVID-19 resources for parents, teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, and school psychologists. These resources will be helpful for students with brain injury.
ATiA maintains an ongoing list of free webinars in the ATIA Learning Center and resources you can use to learn relevant information and insight from your peers.
Bookshare Tools for COVID-19
Learn more about Bookshare and students who qualify. For students who do not qualify, find free and paid books from other libraries and publishers, as well as access to Bookshare's nearly 10,000 public domain books that can be read by anyone!
COVID-19 Outage FAQ (Guidance from Special Education Unit)
Updated March 25, 2020.
Webinar: COVID-19 Considerations for Special Education Administrators
Join leaders in special education for current information about COVID-19 and how special education administrators are navigating. Presenters will discuss what we know to date and provide some options for meeting the needs of families and students in your communities.
DESE Information for Schools
Guidance for Schools Regarding COVID-19 contains March 26 updates about clarification about seniors, budget update, concurrent credit/advanced placement, additional provisions suspended, continuation of AMI/AMI support, and much more.
ADE Commissioner's Memo
Updates to COVID-19 Guidance (Updated 3/26/2020)
AR COVID-19 Guidance for Special Education
Updated March 23, 2020.
This Questions and Answers document outlines states’ responsibilities to infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities and their families, and to the staff serving these children.
Resources from Education Service Cooperatives:
STATE CONTACTS – ARKANSAS
Arkansas Activities Association | Sports Medicine
The Arkansas Activities Association issues annual guidelines and return to play protocols for sports coaches, parents, and athletes.
Arkansas Children's Hospital Concussion Clinic
The ACH Concussion Clinic offers a comprehensive approach to the evaluation and management of children who might have sustained a concussion. It is a collaborative effort that involves primary care, sports medicine, and physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians. The team is supported by neuropsychologists, physical therapists, social workers and athletic trainers.
Arkansas Children's Hospital Neuroscience Center
For non-sports-related concussions & young children, nationally renowned specialists give expert care for children suffering from a wide range of neurological disorders, treating brain, nervous system, and neuromuscular disorders.
Arkansas Children's Hospital Orthopedic Clinic
Children with sports-related concussions are typically seen in this clinic.
UAMS Trauma Rehabilitation Resources Program
Through education and resource development initiatives, TRRP works to increase access to comprehensive, cutting-edge rehabilitation care and facilitate community reintegration for Arkansans who have sustained traumatic injuries.
INFORMATION ABOUT BRAIN INJURY
Brain Injury Association of America
The website for the Brain Injury Association of America has a wealth of useful information for people with brain injuries and their families, covering everything from diagnosis and treatment to general issues about what to expect.
Brainline is a comprehensive website on TBI. Find videos and other resources about traumatic brain injury in children including valuable help for parents.
The Center on Brain Injury Research and Training
CBIRT, a center under the Department of Psychology at the University of Oregon, conducts research and training to improve the lives of children and adults with traumatic brain injury. CBIRT’s research focuses on developing interventions to improve outcomes related to education, employability, and quality of life. Training activities promote the use of best practices among educators and other professionals who serve individuals with TBI.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. Everyone is at risk for a TBI, especially children and older adults. Learn more and find resources on their website.
NATIONAL CONTACTS – UNITED STATES
American Occupational Therapy Association
Occupational therapy practitioners are key rehabilitation professionals in assisting individuals with brain injury to reintegrate back into the community. Their education and training make them experts at evaluation and analysis of an individual’s performance abilities relative to the demands of the activity.
American Physical Therapy Association
A physical therapist can help address the challenges and functional limitations associated with brain injury. Depending on the severity of the injury, the patient’s level of consciousness, and the problems the patient has, the treatment plan will widely vary.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and audiologists play a key role in the screening, assessment, and treatment of people with TBI. This may include clinical services (assessment, planning, and treatment), prevention, and advocacy, as well as education, administration, and research.
Brain Injury Association of America
A primary authority on medical diagnosis and treatment, disease management, research and life challenges associated with brain injury, as well as a leading influence of public awareness, education, and public policy change.
Brain Trauma Foundation
Since its founding in 1986, the Brain Trauma Foundation has worked toward improving the outcomes of patients with traumatic brain injuries through the development of evidence-based guidelines, groundbreaking research partnerships, and educational outreach.
Love Your Brain Foundation
Founded by Olympic snowboarder Kevin Pearce, LoveYourBrain embodies a positive approach to brain injury prevention and healing with programs designed to build community, foster resilience, and help people understand the importance of loving their brains.
National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA)
Assists state governments in promoting partnerships and building systems to meet the needs of individuals with brain injury and their families.
For 24/7 medical advice on a brain injury or spinal cord injury.
A private, not-for-profit hospital in Atlanta, Georgia specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions.
STOP Sports Injuries
This comprehensive public outreach program focuses on the importance of sports safety, specifically relating to overuse and trauma injuries.
LOCAL BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUPS
Information provided by UAMS Trauma Rehab Resources Program. Dates and locations are subject to change. Please call ahead to verify date and location before attending.
Click here to visit the Arkansas TBI Facebook group.
When: 3rd Wednesday of every month at 11:30 am
Where: Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute, ground floor, Inservice Education Room. 9501 Baptist Health Drive
Information: (501) 202-7047
Lunch is provided
When: 2nd Thursday of every month at 2:30 pm
Where: Roland Room at CHI St Vincent, 300 Werner St
Information: (501) 416-6325
When: 2nd Thursday of every month from 11am- 1pm
Where: St Michael Rehab in the Dogwood Room, 2400 St Michael Drive, Texarkana
Information: (903) 614-4271
Lunch is provided. If you are new or have not attended in awhile, please contact Linda to verify time and date!
When: 2nd Tuesday of every month from 1-2pm
Where: SOURCES Conference room, 1918 Birch Ave
Information: Call Brooke at (888) 284-7521
When: 2nd Thursday of every month at 1pm
Where: Encompass Health (formerly Health South) lower lobby, 1201 Fleming Ave.
Information: Ashley Watson: (870) 351-5995
When: 3rd Tuesday of every month (except July) at 5:30 pm
Where: Regional One Health Rehabilitation Hospital, 3rd floor in Turner Tower Dining Room, 890 Madison Ave
Information: (901) 545-8487
Free parking in Turner Tower lot. Must call to reserve a spot. Click here for directions/parking info.
BRAIN INJURY PUBLICATIONS
Here are some encouraging publications for people who have survived a traumatic injury or have a disability, courtesy of UAMS Trauma Rehab Resources Program:
Brain & Life
The American Academy of Neurology’s patient-education magazine, available free to patients, caregivers, and all interested in neurology for everyday living. Scroll down past the “subscription look up” box and fill out the form to sign up.
Brain Injury Hope
HOPE Magazine is a publication that supports the brain injury/concussion community. Subscribers will receive a monthly email with a free digital copy of HOPE Magazine as well as the option to purchase the magazine in print on Amazon.
A newsletter for Arkansans living with traumatic brain injury. Send your mailing address to to receive this free quarterly newsletter.
A quarterly newsletter for Arkansans living with spinal cord injury. When you follow the link, you will need to scroll down to the “Newsletter” section. There is a link there to subscribe to receive this publication for free.
Bell Ringer: The Invisible Brain Injury
"AETN produces programs like 'Bell Ringer' to help inform Arkansas educators, students and families and positively impact health and safety in our state." AETN produced "Bell Ringer" in response to The Arkansas Concussion Protocol Act of 2013, as well as Act 1214 of 2011, which requires coaches to complete training on concussions.
Mark E. Halstead, Karen McAvoy, Cynthia D. Devore, Rebecca Carl, Michael Lee, Kelsey Logan, Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and Council on School Health. Pediatrics November 2013, 132 (5) 948-957; DOI:
VIDEOS ON BRAIN INJURY
Developing Executive Function With Priority Lists (Edutopia, YouTube)
Teach your student how to use a priority list for task completion.
Teaching Self-Regulation by Modeling (Edutopia, YouTube)
Use modeling to teach students how to manage their emotions and their body for improved learning; good for everyone, including students with brain injury!
PDF file, 2018, Colorado Department of Education
PDF file, 2019, Iowa Concussion Consortium & Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa
From the Pennsylvania Training & Technical Assistance Network
Recorded Webinars from CBIRT
Click the title above to access the webinars. You will be redirected to the website for the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT), featuring experts in the field of brain injury, including: Gerard Gioia, PhD, Michael Koester, MD, Audrey McKinlay, PhD, David Kracke, JD, Jim Chesnutt, MD, Ryann Watson-Stites, PhD, and Susan Davies, EdD.
YOGA FOR PEOPLE WITH TBI
Want to get involved? Here is how YOU can make a difference:
Fundraise to make yoga accessible to the TBI community
-organize a donation-based yoga class and join MindfulMarch, our annual movement to raise awareness about TBI and funding for our programs
Contact: Molly Barrett, Director of Development, LYB (e)
Help us expand our yoga program
-connect us with yoga studios committed to offering yoga for underserved populations
-we partner with yoga studios who value inclusivity, compassion, and social impact
Contact: Kim Baker, Director of Implementation, LYB Yoga (e)
Support our existing yoga program
-Donate mats for people with TBI and their caregivers who participate in our program.
Contact: Kim Baker, Director of Implementation, LYB Yoga (e)
Here is some helpful contact information and links to online resources. Some offer supports specifically for traumatic brain injury, while others provide services for a variety of disabilities and special needs.