Pediatric Concussion Services - Cleveland Clinic Children's

Definition of PCS

Persistent physical complaints (i.e. Headache, dizziness), cognitive, emotional, and behavioral changes that persist beyond the average recovery times, typically 2-3 months. Post-concussion syndrome disturbances can be chronic, permanent, or late emerging. The following cognitive deficits may be observed following a concussion including:

  • Difficulties concentrating/attending to information (visual and auditory)
  • Difficulties with sequencing/organizing/prioritizing (difficulties multi-tasking)
  • Difficulties initiating and completing tasks
  • Difficulties with time management
  • Slowed response times
  • Memory/Recall Issues (anterograde amnesia/retrograde amnesia)
  • Decrease in mental flexibility, increased rigidity
  • Word retrieval difficulties
  • Decreased insight into limitations
  • Difficulty carrying conversation/tangential speech
  • Self-regulation/personality changes – behavior changes affect cognition
  • Occasionally changes in speech patterns (decreased prosody, slurring)

Services We Offer

Speech/language Evaluation and treatment to address the cognitive needs that may occur following a concussion.  These services range from informal to formal testing protocols, therapeutic treatment to address difficulties that may be occurring related to cognition, education for child/family for successful re-entry into a cognitively demanding academic based curriculum.

Referral information

Call 216.636.KIDS (5437)

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