Brain Steps

A School Re-Entry Program for Children with Brain Injuries

BrainSTEPS is a Child and Adolescent Brain Injury School Re-Entry Program under the funding of the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania and in partnership with the Bureau of Special Education and PaTTAN. This program is working to make certain that those who must provide educational support to children with acquired brain injuries, or those previously identified as having a brain injury that may begin to develop educational effects, have a good understanding of brain injury and the resulting challenges. Supports and interventions, designed from researched-based practices, are provided to help these students achieve educational success. The BrainSTEPS Consulting Teams in IUs across the commonwealth provide:

  • Consultation with School and Medical Professionals
  • School Re-entry Planning
  • Educational Programming
  • Long-term Monitoring
  • Training and Support for District Personnel

For general information about the BrainSTEPS Program contact:
Brenda Eagan Brown, M.S.Ed., CBIS
Program Coordinator
Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania

For more information on your local BrainSTEPS team, call:
Carol Buckleitner, Team Leader at IU5
814-734-8429 or email

  • Brittany Adkins - School Psychologist at PENNCREST School District
  • Caron Anthony-Higley - Supervisor of Special Education at IU5
  • Carol Buckleitner - Supervisor of Special Education at IU5
  • Dr. Juanita Casper - Professor of Elementary Education at Edinboro University
  • Amy Harvey - TAC at IU5
  • Chris Marz - School Psychologist at Erie's Public Schools
  • Cindy Priester - BNI, Physical Therapist.
  • Jennifer Roden - School Psychologist at Erie's Public Schools
  • Dr. Karen Straab - School Psychologist at Millcreek Township School District

Make a Student Referral to BrainSTEPS