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ImPACT Pediatric

Thursday, June 8th, 2017
ImPACT Pediatric is the first and only FDA-cleared concussion assessment tool for children ages 5-11.
ImPACT Pediatric

ImPACT Pediatric is the first and only FDA-cleared concussion assessment tool for children ages 6-11.

Our providers use the ImPACT Pediatric test during the evaluation and management of a suspected concussion to help detect changes in neurocognitive function. ImPACT Pediatric measures cognitive skills and abilities most likely to be affected by concussion, including:

  • Attention

  • Memory

  • Reaction Time

  • Cognitive Speed

A comprehensive report is available to medical providers after the ImPACT Pediatric test is completed, and can help gauge the level of any impairments. The best-case scenario is that baseline concussion test results will be available to your provider at the time of your child's appointment, so that he or she can compare pre- and post-injury testing scores. When baseline scores are not available, your physician can use population averages based on your child's age and gender to help determine the best course of treatment after a concussion.

How long does the ImPACT Pediatric test take to complete?

The ImPACT Pediatric test takes about 20-30 minutes to complete.

Can my child fail an ImPACT Pediatric test?

No, an ImPACT Pediatric test is not like a test taken in school and cannot be "failed". The test is simply used to establish personal measures of cognitive abilities that are sometimes affected by a concussion. However, if your child does not give their best effort during testing, the test may be flagged as invalid.

How is the ImPACT Pediatric test administered?

The ImPACT Pediatric test is taken on an iPad in a one-on-one setting. Unlike ImPACT for adolescents and adults, ImPACT Pediatric is administered by an ImPACT Trained Athletic Trainer (ITAT) for the entirety of the test.

Is the ImPACT Pediatric test covered by insurance?

When the ImPACT Pediatric test is used during a post-injury concussion exam, the test is typically covered by insurance. When an ImPACT Pediatric test is given to a healthy child to establish a baseline, the test is not reviewed by a physician, and is not covered by insurance. Individuals can purchase an ImPACT Pediatric test for $15 through the Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center at the time of their baseline testing appointment.

Click here to schedule an ImPACT Pediatric baseline test, or visit our home page for a list of baseline testing nights near you. For more information on ImPACT Pediatric, go to www.impactpediatric.com.

 

Baseline Testing

Baseline Testing

Assessments of balance, vision, memory, attention, and more that measure how the brain functions prior to a head injury. These tests are compared to post-injury scores following a concussion.
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