The Central Rivers AEA Brain Injury Resource Team (BIRT) consists of special education support staff, such as school psychologists, school social workers, occupational/physical therapists, and speech-language pathologists. In addition to their regular assignments, team members serve as contacts and resources for helping districts serve students who have suffered brain injuries.  The BIRT is part of a state network that includes the Department of Education, University of Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development, and the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa. Referrals for BIRT services come from medical sources, AEA support staff, school districts, and families.  The BIRT team facilitates communication and provides educational consultation for these students.  Services may include: attending transition meetings at hospitals and rehab facilities; providing professional development and training for schools and families on issues related to brain injury;  providing resources such as books, pamphlets, DVDs, and links to websites with brain injury resources;  helping schools determine accommodations; providing support to building IEP teams for both short and long-term services.  BIRT services are available to all districts in Central Rivers AEA.


Make a referral

  1. Complete the Request for Resource Team Consultation Referral Form
  2. Provide a copy of the completed form to your Regional Administrator
  3. Send the referral form to Judy Moser

About us

The Central Rivers AEA Brain Injury Resource Team (BIRT) is a multi-disciplinary team of AEA 267 special education support staff with expertise in assessment and intervention for students with brain injury. We consist of special education support, such as: school psychologists, school social workers, special education consultants, and speech-language pathologists. In addition to our regular assignments, team members serve as contacts and resources for helping districts serve students who have suffered brain injuries.  The BIRT is part of a state network that includes the Department of Education, University of Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development, and the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa.

We offer consultation on strategies to address issues relating to assessment, cognitive/academics, self regulation, behavioral, social/emotional, and physical/medical.

We provide presentations on brain injury and on specific issues related to individual students who have been referred to BIRT.

Referrals for BIRT services come from medical sources, AEA support staff, school districts, and families. The BIRT team facilitates communication and provides educational consultation for these students.  Services may include: attending transition meetings at hospitals and rehab facilities; providing professional development and training for schools and families on issues related to brain injury;  providing a resource library with books, pamphlets, DVDs, and links to additional websites with brain injury resources;  helping schools determine accommodations; providing support to building IEP teams for both short and long-term services. BIRT services are available to all districts in AEA 267.


Contact us

Cedar Falls

Name Title Email
Darla Stack School Psychologist Darla Stack
Jenna Nasheim Physical Therapist Jenna Nasheim
Jennifer Buseman Occupational Therapist Jennifer Buseman

Clear Lake

Name Title Email
Amy Thoms-Starr Special Education Consultant Amy Thoms-Starr
Crystal Klahsen Speech Language Pathologist Crystal Klahsen

Marshalltown

Name Title Email
Melissa Ford School Social Worker Melissa Ford
Dee Crum School Social Worker Dee Crum

 


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