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Brain Injury in the Adult Classroom
Wednesday, December 11, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
1:00-2:20 PM PT, 2:00-3:30 PM MT, 3:00-4:30 PM CT, 4:00-5:30 PM
Description: Students with brain injuries are not always
apparent - you can't tell because brain injuries are often
subtle and often don't leave visible scars. Could a brain injury
be the underlying cause of a participantís inappropriate
behavior, academic challenges or employment challenges?
More than likely there are students in your classroom who have
experienced a head injury including wounded warriors (military
veterans coming back to civilian life) who are returning to
education as preparation for postsecondary or employment.
Learn the types and causes of brain injuries along with the
challenges these injuries can create in the classroom for
participants and instructors. To address these challenges,
helpful instructional strategies and resources will be presented
injuries can lead to learning and behavioral challenges?
How can I
find out if a participant has a brain/head injury?
What can I
do as an instructor to support the participant with a head
injury and help them learn how to manage their learning
and/or employment challenges?
resources can I use to help me help my students with head
Lori Leininger is currently the Grant Coordinator, a Certified
Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS), and an ABE Teacher on Special
Assignment (TOSA) for PANDA at the Sandberg Learning Center in
Minneapolis, MN. PANDA staff and consultants provide support,
resources, assistive technology, instructional strategies and
much more for ABE staff throughout Minnesota in addition to the
much acclaimed web site on disabilities with a Disabilities
Manual for adult educators.
Lori obtained her ABE licensure from the University of Minnesota
in l998 and an adult ESL certificate from Hamline University in
2002. She was certified by the Brain Injury Association of
America in 2007 as a Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS). Lori has
taught for almost 20 years including elementary, adult ESL and
adults with various disabilities, specializing in brain injury.
She has coordinated disability services in Minnesota Adult Basic
Education for PANDA since 1998. She is a member of the Board of
Directors for the National Association of Adults with Special
Learning Needs (NAASLN).