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Traumatic Brain Injury


(1) The student may be identified as having traumatic brain injury if the student has an acquired injury to the brain caused by external physical force which adversely affects the student's functional or psychosocial ability or both and the student's ability to learn or participate in the local educational agency's education program.

(2) The term traumatic brain injury applies to open or closed head injuries 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; psycho-social behavior; physical function; information processing; and speech.

(3) The student may not be identified as having a traumatic brain injury if the injury to the brain is congenital, degenerative, or caused by birth trauma.

20-7-401. Definitions

(18) "Traumatic brain injury" means an acquired injury to the brain caused by an external physical force, resulting in total or partial functional disability or psychosocial impairment, or both, that adversely affects a child's educational performance. The term does not apply to brain injuries that are congenital or degenerative or to brain injuries that are induced by birth trauma.

10.16.3322 Composition of the team

(1) The child study team is a group of individuals that determines whether a student with disabilities is eligible for special education and related services. The child study team includes the following members:

(e) At least one teacher or other specialist with knowledge in the area of suspected disability who can interpret the instructional implications of evaluation results. ... For specific disabilities, the following specialists or teachers are required for initial evaluation:

(i) emotional disturbance, traumatic brain injury, specific learning disability or cognitive delay - a school psychologist;

(ii) speech-language impairment, deaf/blindness, traumatic brain injury - a speech-language pathologist;