The Schmieding Developmental Center, located in Lowell, Arkansas, provides comprehensive developmental assessments of children from birth to 18 years of age. The assessments address a number of developmental concerns including:
- Neuropsychological Evaluations (epilepsy, head injury, cerebral palsy, encephalopathy, pediatric cancer, autoimmune disorders, miscellaneous neurological conditions, genetic disorders, multi-sensory impairment, and other conditions increasing the risk of neurological disorders)
- Childhood Mood and Anxiety Disorders
- Mixed Developmental Delay and Complex Medical History
- High-Risk Infants & Early Developmental Delay
- Tier 3 Learning Disorder & Attention Deficit Evaluations
- Tourette Syndrome & Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
- Post-Concussive Treatment
The staff of neuropsychologists, psychologists, child and adolescent psychiatrist, psych examiner and social worker serve the mission of the developmental center: to provide exceptional, comprehensive evaluations that look at each aspect of a child‘s development and generate detailed intervention and treatment recommendations as well as follow-up care as appropriate.
Schmieding Clinical Staff:
Mary Ann Scott, Section Chief – Neuropsychologist
- Damon Lipinski, Concussion Clinic Director – Neuropsychologist
- Bradley G. Goodson, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- Stephanie Nevin, Neuropsychologist
- Amy D. Seay, Clinical Psychology
- Marcia Fuller, Licensed Psych Examiner-I
- Christina Kehn, Licensed Certified Social Worker
***For more information please contact us at 479/750-0125, option 3
Concussion Clinic, Lowell, AR
The Lowell Concussion Clinic is Northwest Arkansas’ only comprehensive Concussion team. The Concussion Clinic provides complete care for kids who have suffered a possible concussion/traumatic brain injury. After a thorough and individualized evaluation, we work with kids and everyone involved in their care to help return to school and sports in the safest and most efficient manner possible.
The Concussion Clinic utilizes a Concussion Management Model based on a best-practices plan developed by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program.
The Steps within the module include:
Pre-Season Baseline Testing and Education
- We provide training for athletes, parents, coaches and athletic trainers on concussion symptoms and management and work with schools and teams to develop concussion management protocols within the group.
- Baseline testing is recommended for all children who play contact sports. During baseline testing, children receive an assessment of their cognitive skills before an injury occurs. This allows professionals to make direct comparisons to testing completed after an injury to improve diagnostic clarity. The Sports Concussion Clinic provides this testing and will also work with schools to test groups at their location.
Post-Injury Testing & Treatment Plan
- Children with suspected concussions are referred to the ACH Lowell Clinic Concussion Specialist (neuropsychologist) for evaluation.
- Children complete supervised post-injury testing and assessment at the Schmieding Developmental Center 5 to 7 days following injury.
- Coordination of care occurs between the athletic trainer/coach, parent and athlete and the Concussion Specialist.
- The Concussion Specialist will determine based on post-injury results and communication with the school and parents if further testing or a referral to a physician or other allied health professional is necessary.
Determining Return to Activity and School
- With the assistance of the athlete, parents, school, and athletic staff, the Concussion Clinic works to assess whether the child is truly symptom free. This includes while resting, engaging in normal day-to-day activities, and with cognitive exertion (at school).
- The Concussion Clinic works to determine what kinds of academic supports may be needed for the child to be successful in school and communicates this information to the parents and school.
- Once the child is symptom free, the Concussion Clinic will then work with the athlete, parents, and athletic trainer/coach to develop a stepwise plan for a progressive return to light activity.
Determining Safe Return-To-Play to Contact Sports
- Guidelines established during the Vienna Concussion Conference state that athletes should have no recurring symptoms at rest or following physical or cognitive exertion.
- The Concussion Clinic will work with the athlete, parents, and athletic trainer/coach to develop a stepwise plan for progressive return-to-play from light activity to full non-contact exertion.
- Neuropsychological test results should return to baseline performance.
Computer-based Neuropsychological testing has been demonstrated to be an effective tool in assisting with making return-to-play decisions in combination with vestibular assessment and visual screening. The Concussion Clinic uses the ImPACT system to assess cognitive abilities as it is the most widely used and scientifically validated concussion evaluation program. ImPACT testing takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. The program measures multiple aspects of cognitive functioning in athletes, including Attention span, Working memory, Sustained and selective attention, Response variability, Non-verbal problem solving, and Reaction time.
In addition to ImPACT testing, our Neuropsychologist performs additional testing as necessary based on the individual needs of each athlete. Referrals are also made to our in-house Neurologist, Psychiatrist, and Psychologist as necessary.
The Concussion Clinic in Lowell, AR can partner with your organization (e.g., sports team, school, or booster club) to help implement a Concussion Management Program. This partnership can include the creation of a concussion management plan to be practiced within your program at all athletic events (e.g., practices and games), education and training of athletic staff about concussion signs and symptoms, outreach education for parents, teachers, and athletes, and baseline testing of athletes/students. If a concussion is suspected, the athlete is referred to our Concussion Specialist for diagnosis, treatment, and management of the injury. Should school and athletic staff have concerns regarding an individual’s reintroduction to school and sports, our office will communicate on a case by case basis.
Refer a Patient: ACH Referral Reference Guide
- Heads Up: Concussion
- Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports
- CDC Foundation – Heads Up
- Arkansas Activities Association
- Concussion Research