2024.08.29 - Navigating the Educational Needs of Students Who Do Not Bounce Back after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (Live Webinar)

A Robert Sbordone Memorial mTBI/Concussion Lecture featuring , Brenda Eagan-Johnson, Ed.D., CBIST-AP. Airs live at 3:00 p.m. ET August 29, 2024.

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In this Robert Sbordone Memorial mTBI/Concussion webinar, Brenda Eagan-Johnson, Ed.D., CBIST-AP, will focus on the challenges faced by a subset of students who experience ongoing learning issues after sustaining a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Unresolved symptoms of mTBI can impact academic performance, school activities, and post-high school plans. Educators are required to academically support students who struggle due to the ongoing effects of mTBI that interfere with learning. However, there continues to be a lack of evidence-based research to guide academic management practices, further complicated by ongoing challenges in bridging the existing basic mTBI research-to-practice gap. Dr. Eagan-Johnson will discuss the importance of school staff, healthcare provider, student, and family ongoing collaboration; initial academic adjustments; and the determination of need for an IEP (special education), 504 plan (not special education), and/or an Individualized Healthcare Plan (IHP).

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how ongoing student symptoms can interfere with cognitive function, emotional well-being, and academic performance.
  • Explore and identify effective levels of academic support that can be implemented at school.
  • Describe the importance of a collaborative approach involving information provided by the teachers, healthcare providers, student, and parents/guardians, and how that information must be used to guide school-team educational decisions.


  • Free for survivors/family members.
  • $50 for professionals. Includes 1 ACBIS CEU.

Speaker Bio

Brenda Eagan-Johnson Ed.D., CBIST-AP has over two decades of experience in the field of pediatric brain injury, education, post-high school transition, and neuro-developmental issues in children. Dr. Eagan-Johnson is instrumental in the creation, ongoing development, and daily oversight of the nationally recognized BrainSTEPS – Brain Injury School Re-Entry Consulting Program in Pennsylvania, also adopted by the Colorado Department of Education in 2016. She serves as a consultant for a Centers for Disease Control funded study related to BrainSTEPS student outcomes and works with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on concussion health disparities in the Philadelphia region. She holds a Doctor of Education degree in Mind, Brain, and Teaching (educational neuroscience) from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Eagan-Johnson received her Master’s degree in Special Education Transition and Brain Injury from George Washington University, where she served as an instructor for several years. She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer with Advanced Practice in NeuroRehabilitation, serves on the ACBIS Board of Governors, and the Board of Directors for the International Pediatric Brain Injury Society.