Brain Injury Group (BIG) is a support group for parents dealing with a child with TBI. Families meet together and support each other. The child with TBI, the parents, and the child’s siblings are all encouraged to attend. The group meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Dates for the rest of the year: May 8, June 12, July 10, August 7, September 11, October 9, November 13, December 11.

Meeting place

Children’s Hospital

13123 East 16th Avenue

Aurora, CO  

Facilitator: Dr. Javier Negron 720-777-3901




Posted on: March 19, 2013

Webinar Addresses Students with Concussion

The Brain Injury Association of New York State offers a webinar about returning to school after a brain injury.


The Association is pleased to present another in its series of free webinars, “Return to Learn: Supporting Students Returning to the Classroom Post-Concussion.” Join us on Wednesday, March 27, from 1:00 until 2:15 pm to learn about the challenges faced by students returning to the classroom after a mild brain injury, and strategies to help them. The presenter, Brian Rieger, PhD, is the director of the Upstate Concussion Center at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. The webinar is free, but participants must register in advance.


Concussions = mild brain injury!

REAP stands for the four essential elements of concussion treatment and management:

R – Reduce physical and cognitive, or mental demands

E – Educate the student athlete, families, educators, coaches and medical professionals on all of the potential symptoms

A – Accommodate for the student athlete academically

P – Pace the student athlete back to activity, play, and learning

Please refer to the following link to obtain more information about concussion management.


The following is a list of valuable community and internet resources regarding brain injury. Please read through them in order to become more familiar with available information and resources.



It is important to consider at what age the child suffered the brain injury. From birth until age 19, a child’s brain is developing and building upon previously learned skills.  A brain injury essentially disrupts the process of development, therefore areas that are emerging are typically affected the most. The following list shows developmental skills commonly affected if a child suffers a brain injury during that period. Example: A 17 year old may misinterpret social cues and have slight changes in his or her personality as these areas are developed in late adolescence.

Infancy (Birth-3)

  • Unpredictable emotional reactions
  • Does not respond well to discipline
  • Disruptive sleep/wake cycle

Preschool (Ages 3-6)

  • Overwhelming emotions
  • Difficulty learning new information
  • Executive processing difficulties (self control, judgment, attention)

Elementary (Ages 6-12)

  • Difficulty learning new concepts
  • Hard time with organization skills
  • Slower learning

Early Adolescence (Ages 12-16)

  • Trouble learning new information
  • Difficulty relating to friends
  • Inability to plan and sequence activities

Late Adolescence (Ages 16-19)

  • Changes in personality
  • Missing social cues
  • Weakened self image

What are the facts?

  • All brain injuries are unique and impact students differently
  • All concussions are brain injuries
  • Severity of injury does not equate with function
  • Brain injury is the most common cause of disability in persons ages 1-19
  • After infancy, boys are injured twice as frequently
  • Young adults age 16-24 are most at risk

What may change after a brain injury?

  • Energy level (fatigue)
  • Motor speed and coordination
  • Hearing
  • Vision
  • Pain threshold
  • Sleep patterns
  • Depression
  • Personality
  • Language
  • Memory
  • Problem solving
  • Attention and concentration
  • Processing speed

What is a Brain Injury?

  • A brain injury can be a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or a non-traumatic brain injury. A TBI is caused by a physical force applied to the brain that results in a traumatic injury. An Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain that is acquired after birth and can be classified as traumatic or non-traumatic.

Two Primary Classes of TBI

  • Open head injury – the skull is penetrated
  • Closed head injury – the skull is intact

Common Causes of TBI

  • Falls
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Bicycle accidentsPhysical abuse
  • Sport injuries

Common Causes of ABI

  • Illness (e.g. high fever)
  • Brain infection
  • Lack of oxygen
  • Stroke
  • Poisoning
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Brain tumors

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