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Traumatic Brain Injury


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North Carolina Requirements for TBI:

NC DPI Definition:

In October 2013, to address the range of conditions that fall within this category, NC Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities published an expanded definition of Traumatic Brain Injury.  This definition (found on page 5 of NC Policies) reads as follows:

Traumatic brain injury means an acquired injury to the brain caused by an external physical force or by an internal occurrence resulting in total or partial functional disability and/or psychosocial impairment that adversely affects a child's educational performance.  Causes may include but are not limited to, open or closed head injuries, cerebrovascular accidents (e.g., stroke, aneurysm), infections, kidney or heart failure, electric shock, anoxia, tumors, metabolic disorders, toxic substances, or medical or surgical treatments.  The brain injury can occur in a single event or can result from a series of events (e.g., multiple concussions).  Traumatic brain injury also can occur with or without a loss of consciousness at the time of injury.  Traumatic brain injury may result 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.  Traumatic brain injury does not apply to brain injuries that are congenital or degenerative, but can include brain injuries induced by birth trauma.

To learn more about the NC IDEA definition of TBI in North Carolina, access the archived information below:

TBI Webinar - May 23, 2014 
Webinar Transcript, May 2014

IDEA evaluations of TBI in NC:

NC Policies states that, “all school psychologists providing assessment of children with Traumatic Brain Injury must meet the guidelines of the Exceptional Children Division for training in the assessment of Traumatic Brain Injury and be listed on the Exceptional Children Division's registry of approved providers (hereafter referred to as the registry)” (p. 73).

Information for NC School Psychologists interested in becoming a TBI Approved Provider (TBI Trained School Psychologist):

School Psychologists: Becoming an Approved Provider (TBI Trained School Psychologist)

School Psychologists: Continuing Education Requirements for Approved Providers

Information on the current TBI Registry of Approved Providers and Approved Supervisors:

Registry of Approved Providers

Click here  to search for providers


Registry of Approved Supervisors


Guidelines for TBI Supervision


School-Based Practice Advisory Council Information

NCDPI School-Based Practice Advisory Council for TBI map


TBI Training - Frequently Asked Questions


General Interest in Traumatic Brain Injury

Parents, Teachers, School Administrators, Relevant School Professionals and Students:

  • The TBI Online Curriculum is available to the public; therefore, anyone who would like to learn more about TBI is welcome to create a free account and begin learning more today!

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