Brain Links Resourcesfor Early Intervention

YouTube Playlist for TN Early Intervention System (TEIS):  A collection of videos with helpful information regarding early intervention of TBI.

Check out the "Helpful Resources" section for additional information and materials in English & in Español.

Age Specific Educational Tools:

Brain Injury in Young Children: Refer to this tool to learn more about the signs and symptoms and the effects of multiple brain injuries for children under age five. English and in Español.


Older Child's Signs & Symptoms: Refer to this tool to learn more about health problems, behavior changes, thinking difficulties, and communication changes associated with concussions, as well as when to reconsult a doctor. English and in Español.


Adult Signs & Symptoms Tool: English and in Español.


Recognizing Concussion in People Who Communicate Without Words: English and in Español.


When Concussion Symptoms Are Not Going Away: Signs, symptoms and danger signs, plus what to look for over time and where/how to seek help for symptoms that aren't going away. Contact us for more information:

For Parents of Children Five and Under. English and in Español.


For Parents of School-Aged Children. English and in Español.


For Adults. English and in Español.



Things to Watch For Over Time:  This sheet will help you learn what symptoms to keep an eye out for after a concussion.


Six Types of Concussion Infographic & Fact Sheet Brain Links developed a useful summary for the back of an easy to understand infographic created by ReThink Concussions at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.


Symptom Tracker Track Symptoms, pain level changes, what provokes and what helps. Good information to take back to the healthcare provider.

A Guide To Possible Changes After Brain Injury: For School-Aged Children & Adults By design, the Guide is best when distributed by rehabilitation personnel in inpatient and outpatient therapy programs and by medical personnel in trauma units, pediatrician’s offices, family practices, neurology offices, surgical offices, and other specialty offices. It is meant to be given to anyone who has sustained a diagnosed brain injury, as well as anyone who sustained a significant trauma where they may experience brain injury symptoms and downstream consequences; even if they do not show early symptoms or early symptoms seem to have cleared. English and in Español

A Possible Guide to Changes After Brain Injury in Young Children Ages 7 & Under





Personal Guide for Everyday Living:  A tool to help people with TBI (especially mild TBI) better understand what conditions make things harder and what the person can do about it. Best if used as part of a conversation with the clinician.  English and in Español.




Evidence-based Concussion Management Protocol 2023 Recommendation: 2 Visit Minimum.

A tool to guide screening, patient education, referral and ongoing monitoring. Outcomes are better if educational materials are given at the first visit.

** Use the Protocol with the TBI Toolkit for Health Care Providers

** Explore this YouTube Video to learn more about the Protocol and other resources.

Material Rationale  ~~~  Research Support

Symptom Tracker Tool Track Symptoms, pain level changes, what provokes and what helps. Good information to take back to the healthcare provider





Concussion-Brain Injury Alert & Monitoring Form For use in academic, school nurse or case manager file to serve as a reminder of the TBI. Also alerts others who may start working with the child.





Brainstorming Solutions Tool Helpful template for gathering information on person's skills and challenges to facilitate development of solutions. Great for direct service providers, students and new hires.




Strategies & Accommodations Tool Use the Brainstorming Solutions Tool (BST) first, to help you figure out the person’s strengths and weaknesses. Then use this tool (SAT) to check off the strategies that might be helpful for each area you identify on the BST. When possible, complete this form with the person served and discuss the strategies with them. Ask the person if there are other strategies or ways of communicating with them that might be helpful.




Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury: Information For Families: is a compilation of four brief, helpful video clips and several state and national websites. This resource can be viewed by families while at the hospital or anyone needing to better understand this injury and where to learn more. These videos are also captioned.




TN/CDC Playground Safety This sheet will help you learn how to spot a concussion and protect your child from concussion or other serious brain injury each time you take your child on an outdoor play adventure.





TN Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents:  Created from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) materials.

Brain Health: How to Have a Healthy Brain Throughout Life By design provides research-based tips for creating a healthy brain, regardless of age. This guide was originally developed to help people with brain injuries recover to the fullest extent possible and to help them prevent or minimize potential negative changes as they age. However, it was quickly realized that the information in Brain Health is beneficial for everyone.

Salud Cerebral: Como Tener Un Cerebri Saludable Durante Toda Su Vida Nuestro cerebro controla todo de nosotros: nuestros estados de ánimo y emociones, nuestros movimientos pensamientos y palabras. Algunos hábitos como comer alimentos chatarra, no hacer ejercicio, fumar y tomar alcohol, pueden dañar nuestro cerebro. Los hábitos no saludables pueden llevar a una pérdida temprana de memoria y de habilidades del pensamiento, y algunas veces demencia: una enfermedad que afecta la memoria, la personalidad y el razonamiento.

Check out the Helpful Resources section too for more information!


YouTube Playlist for TN Early Intervention System (TEIS) A collection of videos with helpful information regarding early intervention of TBI.


TN TBI Directory & Resource Information Guide The Tennessee Department of Health Traumatic Brain Injury Service Directory and Resource Information Guide was designed to assist in locating programs, organizations, agencies, and services available across the state of Tennessee and the nation.

PBS KSPS: Born to Learn Early Childhood  Documentary Series: 
This KSPS documentary explores the fascinating science behind brain development and early learning. The brain develops most rapidly in the first three years of life, and now with new imaging technology scientists can actually watch the brain of a young child in action: how it grows, acts and reacts. What they're learning is changing the way we view Early Learning.  Aired: 07/30/15  Rating: TV-G

Everyone Has What it Takes to be a Brain Builder:
Every time we connect with young children, it's not just their eyes that light up—it's their brains, too. Vroom helps all parents discover that they already have what it takes to boost their child's learning.