District Brain Injury Resource Team
DCSD provides concussion and brain injury support for students through the District Brain Injury Resource Team (DBIRT). The DBIRT follows the BrainSTEPS model, which was implemented in 2016 by the Department of Education with funding from MINDSOURCE Brain Injury Network within the Colorado Department of Human Services.
As a result of acquired brain injury, many students return to school with lingering effects that impact classroom performance. The DBIRT assists school teams and families in the development and delivery of educational services for students who have experienced acquired brain injury. Acquired brain injuries include any injury to the brain that is sustained after birth. Traumatic brain injuries are caused by an external force, and include concussions. Non-traumatic brain injuries include strokes, brain tumors, brain infections, and anoxia.
The DBIRT is a multidisciplinary team of School Psychologists, School Nurses, Counselors, Athletic Trainers, Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists. If you have questions regarding DBIRT, please contact the School Nurse Consultant assigned to your building.