March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. An annual campaign led by the Brain Injury Awareness Association of America (BIAA) and the United States Brain Injury Alliance, Brain Injury Awareness Month “provides a platform for educating the general public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families.”
In keeping with the Brain Injury Awareness theme, there is an innovative new project under way to develop a web-based training and information resource for parents of children and youth with brain injuries. The project is called Traumatic Brain Injury Positive Strategies (TIPS), and is a collaboration between Eugene-based Assistech Systems,* the University of Oregon’s Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT), and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Tom Keating, PhD of Assistech Systems and Ann Glang of CBIRT are the project’s directors in collaboration with Shari Wade, PhD Director of Research, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Cincinnati Children’s.
The development of TIPS is being driven by $1.5 million dollars in Phase II grant funding from the Small Business Innovation Research Program of the National Institutes of Health. When completed, it will be an engaging educational resource to help families improve their knowledge and skills to more effectively handle the cognitive, behavioral, and social challenges that follow pediatric TBI.
TIPS is being designed and evaluated with input from clinicians and parents at three national centers specializing in the treatment of children with brain injury: Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, Gillette Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
The project is expected to be completed by December 2018.
The development of TIPS is supported in part by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R44HD059255. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
* Assistech Systems, LLC is a small business focused on research and development on technology to support employment, education, and community living for youth and adults with cognitive disabilities. Assistech works closely with Cognitopia on the commercial development and distribution of its grant-funded work.