#ChangeYourMind about Brain Injury


Did you know that brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults? I certainly did not, and was shocked to learn this.


As part of Brain Injury Awareness month, a PA organization called BrainSTEPS has shared a number of statistics, myth v. fact comparisons, and helpful resources for parents, caregivers and school support staff.


BrainSTEPS was founded in 2007 by the PA Department of Health to address the cognitive, physical, socio-emotional and behavioral impairments that can impact a student’s performance following an acquired brain injury (ABI). Just last year, the CDC recognized BrainSTEPS as a national model for educational consultation supporting students and school teams.


  • Every 9 seconds, someone in the United States sustains a brain injury.
  • Approximately 22,000 children and adolescents ages 0-21 years sustain concussions each year.
  • More than 3.5 million children and adults sustain an ABI annually.
  • One of the least common symptoms of concussions is loss of consciousness.
  • One of every 60 people in the United States lives with a brain-injury related disability.

BNI staff person Cindy Priester, OT/R, MS, serves as a member of the local BrainSTEPS team.

For more information about traumatic brain injury and resources to help a child return to school following injury, visit Getschooledonconcussions.com.

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