Concussion Management and Education

Brain Injury

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit's (AIU) Concussion Management and Education is committed to increasing awareness and education about concussion management for student-athletes.  We enhance the coordination and integration within educational settings and health care systems, and provide professional development and technical assistance to school district personnel, health care professionals, parents and student-athletes on sports-related concussions and the possible academic implications. The AIU currently collaborates with the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion ProgramImPACTWPIALPA Athletic Trainers SocietyBrainSTEPS, and other local and state agencies.  We are proud to be a regional leader of sports-related concussion management and education, and the first to host a state-wide PA "Safety in Youth Sports" Concussion Conference for school district personnel and health care professionals. 

Concussion Management and Education Information


BrainSTEPS (Strategies Teaching Educators, Parents, and Students) is a brain injury school re-entry consultating program that was created by the PA Department of Health in 2007, and is implemented by the Brain Injury Association of PA.  BrainSTEPS is currently funded by the PA Department of Health and the PA Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education through the PaTTAN network. 

BrainSTEPS is:

  • considered a national model for brain injury educational consulting
  • comprised of 31 statewide consulting teams, consisting of education professionals, medical rehabilitation professionals, and family members
  • housed within all 29 Intermediate Units statewide

BrainSTEPS teams:

  • provide various brain injury presentations to groups from educational, medical, and rehabilitation facilities in the community
  • consult with schools regarding identification, school re-entry planning, IEP/504 plan development, intervention selections and implementation, long-term monitoring of students and other issues professionals face in supporting students with brain injury
  • monitor students annually until graduation for manifestation of new cognitive/behavioral/social issues
  • access additional support from the statewide Program Coordinator
  • receive training from national experts each year around brain injury topics impacting students

To Make a Referral to BrainSTEPS, click the above BrainSTEPS Logo and click on Make a Referral Link or contact:

Brenda Eagan Brown, M.Ed., CBIS
Brain Injury School Re-Entry Program Coordinator   
(724) 944-6542

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