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The Safe Concussion Outcome Recovery & Education (SCORE) Program at Children’s National Hospital evaluates, monitors and manages the care of children and adolescents with concussions (known as mild traumatic brain injury or TBI). The program consults with physicians regionally and nationally, as well as scholastic and youth recreational sports programs in which children are vulnerable to injury.
The SCORE program is one of the only programs in the greater Washington, D.C., area that specializes in the evaluation and management of concussions in children.
Our program has four goals:
- Provide the highest level of service to children, adolescents and young adults with concussions/mild TBI
- Increase research-based knowledge, skills and instrumentation used in evaluation and treatment
- Develop the next generation of highly qualified professionals to treat children and adolescents with concussions/mild TBI
- Improve the general knowledge and skill of persons in the medical, educational and athletic community regarding the specific treatment/needs of individuals with mild TBI/ concussion
The SCORE clinic is staffed by neuropsychologists and neuropsychology post-doctoral fellows who specialize in precise identification, monitoring and management of children, adolescents and college student-athletes, ages 4 to 22, who have sustained a concussion.
We offer clinical appointments across the week in our various locations:
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in Rockville, MD
- Tuesdays in Laurel, MD
- Thursdays at the main hospital and Howard County
- Fridays in Salisbury, MD
The program uses specialized state-of-the-art testing and symptom assessments, which are sensitive to detecting concussion-related dysfunction. The clinic works collaboratively with neurology, behavioral medicine, sleep medicine and physical therapy to treat all aspects of the injury.
Clinicians in the SCORE program use these findings to make detailed recommendations to patients about returning to school, play and work.
Parents of children experiencing initial symptoms of a concussion should call 202-476-2429 to make an appointment. An appointment should be made if a child is experiencing the following:
- Headache or pressure in head
- Dizziness or balance problems
- Double or blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Mental fogginess
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
- Feeling slowed down
- Sadness or irritability
- Sleep disruption
Emergency Department referral is recommended for children with signs of neurological deterioration, including:
- Headaches that worsen
- Looks very drowsy or can’t be awakened
- Can’t recognize people or places
- Neck pain
- Repeated vomiting
Through research investigation, the SCORE program aims to increase knowledge, skills and instrumentation in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents and young adults with mild TBI/concussion.
SCORE aims to improve the knowledge and skill of people in the medical, educational and athletic community regarding the specific needs of individuals with mild TBI/ concussion. Faculty and fellows in the SCORE program disseminate the latest information to families, patients, school personnel, physicians and other health providers, and community agency personnel through seminars, workshops, in-services and consultations.
To reach out administrators, call 301-765-5430 or fax us at 301-765-5497. For appointments, call 202-476-2429.
We are located at:
15245 Shady Grove Rd, Suite 350 (South Building)
Rockville, MD 20850