Educational Resources


The following links will provide educators, students and others with additional resources for information about the brain and brain injury. A link to each organization’s web site is included where available.

For Educators & Students:

Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome) - KidsHealth, Nemours Foundation Abusive head trauma (AHT) can be caused by direct blows to the head, dropping or throwing a child, or shaking a child. Head trauma is the leading cause of death in child abuse cases in the United States.

Brain Power! The NIDA Junior Scientist Program: Grades K-1
Offers an interactive science education program for students in grades K–1 about scientists, the brain, the nervous system, and the effects of drugs on the human body. Includes five learning modules, a teachers’ guide, videotape, poster, and parent newsletter.

Brain Power! The NIDA Junior Scientist Program: Grades 2-3
Provides a science program for students in grades 2–3 to educate them about their brains, why they should protect them, and how drugs such as nicotine and inhalants can hurt their brains. Includes six modules, a teacher’s guide, a parent’s guide, and a videotape.

Brain Power! The NIDA Junior Scientist Program: Grades 4-5
Offers an interactive science education program for students in grades 4–5 to explore the human brain and the effects of drugs on the brain. Includes six modules, a teacher’s guide, parent newsletter, videotape, and poster.

Brain Power! Challenge: Grades 6-9 - NIDA
Offers an interactive science education program for students in grades 6–9 about the brain and the effects of drugs on the body. Includes six modules, a teacher’s guide, a parent newsletter, and a CD-Rom.

Neuroscience for Kids - Brain Development
Created for students and teachers who would like to learn about the nervous system.
Discover the exciting world of the brain, spinal cord, neurons and the senses. Use the experiments, activities and games to help you learn about the nervous system.

Your Brain & Nervous System - KidsHealth / Nemours Foundation  (Written in kid friendly language)

General Resources:

Addiction: "Drugs, Brains, and Behavior - The Science of Addiction"  - National Institute on Drug Abuse
Provides scientific information about the disease of drug addiction, including the many harmful consequences of drug abuse and the basic approaches that have been developed to prevent and treat the disease.

Brain, Brain Information, Facts, News, Photos  - National Geographic
Create a free online account with National Geographic to gain access to this and other useful information.

Brain Development: Frequently Asked Questions - Zero To Three

Deep Brain Stimulation  - Mayo Clinic

Inside the Teenage Brain - PBS Frontline
What’s going on in there? How science may help explain the mysteries of the teenage years.

The Baby's Brain - The Secret Life of the Brain, PBS

The Brain From Top To Bottom - Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Traumatic Brain Injury - MedlinePlus

En Español

El Cerebro del Adolescente: Comportamiento, Solucion de Problemas y Toma de Decisiones - American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Las Drogas y El Cerebro NIDA

Traumatismo cerebral y de cabeza Medline Plus