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Neurotraining Therapist Program

Updated: September 19, 2003


Acquired Brain Injury: is an injury to the brain that has occurred after birth (includes: TBI, stroke, near suffocation, infections in the brain, etc.)

Traumatic Brain Injury: An insult to the brain, not of degenerative or congenital nature caused by an external physical force that may produce a diminished or altered state of consciousness, which results in an impairment of cognitive abilities or physical functioning. It can also result in the disturbance of behavioral or emotional functioning.

For core vocabulary used in Special Education Services Branch.. To view and print this "pdf" file, use the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

For acronyms and abbreviations used by the DOE.

See glossary for definitions of various medical-legal terms pretaining to acquired brain injuries.

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Eligibility Criteria

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Request for Assistance - from School

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Support Services for Students with Acquired Brain Injury

Neurotraining Therapist Program Services:
  • Aid in the re-entry of the student with brain injury into the school system by providing guidance and assistance to schools;
  • Individualized consultation in the evaluation process and in the development of educational programs;
  • Providing ongoing consultation supports to schools for individual students with brain injury;
  • Providing ongoing teacher support for students with brain injury.

Inservice training for school psychologist and psychological. examiner on Neuro-Cognitive Assessment Training (To view and print this "pdf" file, use the Adobe Acrobat Reader);

Development and training of TBI Consulting Team members who support schools and districts with students of brain injury regarding effective instructional strategies. (To view and print this"pdf" file, use the Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Community Education.

Contact Information:

Staffing: Phone Numbers

Jean Kiyabu
Morris Kaneshiro
Bess Tanabe

(808) 735-8250
(808) 735-8250
(808) 735-8250
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Possible Strategies
Your Child has received a serious head injury and you are at the hospital...
Tips for Parents (reprint from NICHCY)
  • Learn about TBI. The more you know, the more you can help yourself and your child.
  • Work with the medical team to understand your child's injury and treatment plan. Don't be shy about asking questions. Tell them what you know or think. Make suggestions.
  • Keep track of your child's treatment. A 3-ring binder or a box can help you store this history. As your child recovers, you may meet with many doctors, nurses, and others. Write down what they say. Put any paperwork they give you in the notebook or throw it in the box. You can't remember all this! Also, if you need to share any of this paperwork with someone else, make a copy. Don't give away your original!
  • Talk to other parents whose children have TBI. There are parent groups all over the U.S. Parents can share practical advice and emotional support. Call NICHCY (1-800-695-0285) to find out how to find parent groups near you.
  • If your child was in school before the injury, plan for his or her return to school. Get in touch with the school. Ask the principal about special education services. Have the medical team share information with the school.
  • When your child returns to school, ask the school to test your child as soon as possible to identify his or her special education needs. Meet with the school and help develop a plan for your child called an Individual Education Plan (IEP).
  • Keep in touch with your child's teacher. Tell the teacher about how your child is doing at home. Ask how your child is doing in school.

Tips for Teachers (reprint from NICHCY)

  • Find out as much as you can about the child's injury and his or her present needs. Find out more about TBI.
  • Give the student more time to finish schoolwork and tests.
  • Give directions one step at a time. For tasks with many steps, it helps to give the student written directions.
  • Show the student how to perform new tasks. Give examples to go with new ideas and concepts.
  • Have consistent routines. This helps the student know what to expect. If the routine is going to change, let the student know ahead of time.
  • Check to make sure that the student has actually learned the new skill. Give the student lots of opportunities to practice the new skill.
  • Show the student how to use an assignment book and a daily schedule. This helps the student get organized.
  • Realize that the student may get tired quickly. Let the student rest as needed.
  • Reduce distractions.
  • Keep in touch with the student's parents. Share information about how the student is doing at home and at school.
  • Be flexible about expectations. Be patient. Maximize the student's chances for success.

Teaching Strategies for Students with Brain Injury - from BIA of America

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Assistive Technology

BIA's Catalog of Portable Electronic Devices for Memory and Organization - from BIA of America

TBI Prevention Tips

Infants and Small Children - from Neurotrauma Registry

Teenagers and Young Adults - from Neurotrauma Registry

Signs & Symptoms - Ascertaining "How serious is the problem?"

Article: "When Your Child's Head Has Been Hurt" - from BIA of America
Pediatric Common Questions, Quick Answers (University of Iowa's Virtual Hospital)
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Department of Education - State of Hawaii

Support Services for Students with Acquired Brain Injury
637 18th Ave. Bldg C, Rm. 102
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 733-4835
(808) 733-9890 FAX

Brain Injury Association of Hawaii

1175 S. Beretania St., Suite 204
Honolulu, Hi 96826
(808) 941--0372
(808) 941-0358 FAX
E-mail: biah@cchono

Department of Health - State of Hawaii

Developmental Disabilities Services Branch
2201 Waimano Home Road
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
Helpline: (808) 453-6151
Neurotrauma Website:

Case Management Information Services Branch
Diamond Head Health Center
2627 Kilauea Avenue, Rm. 109
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816

Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition

Statewide community-based organization, established in 1990 (incorporated as non-profit in 1995), committed to preventing injuries to children and youth in Hawaii. KIPC has chapters in the counties of Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii. KIPC also serves as the Hawaii chapter of the National SAFE KIDS Campaign. This affiliation with SAFE KIDS provides increased national resources at the community level and enhances the impact of the coalition in preventing unintentional childhood injuries.

Island: Kauai
Moana R Taa
Kauai District Health Office
3040 Umi Street
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone: (808) 241-3427

Island: Hawaii
John Kaizuka
Department of Health/HPEB
1582 Kamehameha Avenue
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: (808) 933-0911

Island: Oahu
Therese Argoud
Department of Health/PCP
1250 Punchbowl Street, Room 214
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 586-5940

Ocean & Water Safety
Ralph S. Goto
Ocean Safety Administrator
Ocean Safety and Lifeguard
Services Division
3823 Leahi Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 922-3888
Fax: (808) 922-0411

Violence Prevention
Chuck Braden
Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii
1575 South Beretania Street, Suite 202
Honolulu, HI 96826
Phone: (808) 951-0200

Traffic Safety
Lori Dakujaku
Traffic Safety Coordinator
Department of Health
Injury Prevention and Control Program
1250 Punchbowl Street, Suite 214
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 586-5912
Fax: (808) 586-5945

Think First Program

"Think First" is a non-profit organization focused on the education and prevention of spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, motor vehicle accidents and the importance of water safety for Hawaii's children.
Queen's Medical Center - Neuroscience Institute
Contact Person: Beth Freitas
1301 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, HI. 9681`3
Phone: (808) 585-5335

National Brain Injury Association

105 N. Alfred Street
Alexandria, VA 22313
(703) 236-6000
(800) 444-6443

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)

P.O. Box 1492
Washington, D.C. 20013
Call: 1-800-695-0285 (V/TTY)

 Special Parent Information Network (SPIN)

SPIN is a project of the DCAB and the Department of Education. Its purpose is to enhance the participation of parents with children with disabilities in the decision making process involving their child's education.

Hawaii Families as Allies

Hawaii Families As Allies (HFAA) is a nonprofit family-run support and advocacy organization for youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families (who are primarily of CLD heritage).
99-209 Moanalua Road, Suite 305
Phone: (808) 487-8785

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