28. Developing Effective Interventions for Children with Brain Injuries

Speaker: Paul Jantz, Ph.D

Session Handout:
*This speaker will be presenting virtually.
**This session is available for in person and virtual attendance.

Developing educational interventions for children with brain injury-related neurological impairments begins with understanding that helpful interventions a) target specific behaviors and activities, rather than “discrete” neurological impairments, b) apply to all settings in which the behavior/activity is likely to occur, and c) include practice opportunities outside the classroom environment. This session will discuss the value of supplementing task-and skills-specific classroom interventions with practice opportunities that help children with brain injury-related neurological impairments generalize learned skills to real world situations/environments.

Credits: Act 48, ASHA, Psych PA Board, NASP CPD

Audience: Special Education Teachers; Teachers/other professionals who work with students who have sustained traumatic brain injury; General Education Teachers; School Counselors and/or School Psychologists; Paraprofessionals

Speaker's Bio:

Dr. Paul Jantz
began his career in education as a public school teacher. He earned his M.A. degree in school counseling and his Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. He is currently a full-time faculty member in the school psychology program at Texas State University where he teaches about brain anatomy, the biological basis of behavior, data-based decision-making, and ethics. Prior to beginning his career at the university level, Dr. Jantz was a practicing school psychologist for 15 years. Dr. Jantz’s research and professional interests include the role of neuroimaging in the school-based assessment of children with traumatic brain injury (TBI), increasing educators’ sense of self-efficacy as it relates to TBI, assessing the use of evidence-based academic, behavioral, and social-emotional interventions for children with TBI, and barriers that prevent individuals from seeking a medical evaluation following a mild, moderate, and severe TBIs. Dr. Jantz has published a number of practitioner-focused articles and case studies on TBI in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored the book Working with TBI in Schools: Transition, Assessment, and Intervention.  Dr. Jantz has presented skills-building workshops on TBI at the local, state, and national levels. Dr. Jantz a 2018-2019 recipient of a 10-month U.S. State Department Fulbright Core Scholar grant.