Dr. Tara Johnson joined Arkansas Children’s in July 2018. She is a Child Neurologist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) with special interests in neurodevelopmental disorders in infants and children. She is the Director and Founder of the Arkansas Children’s Biomedical Innovations Program. After graduation with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Johnson earned her medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her Pediatrics residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and her Neurodevelopmental Disabilities residency at Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is board certified in Pediatrics and is board eligible in Child Neurology.
Dr. Johnson integrates her biomedical engineering research background with neurodevelopmental medicine clinical knowledge to design, construct, and test medical simulators and devices to model disease processes and provide more effective treatment and rehabilitative alternatives for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. At ACRI, Dr. Johnson conducts her research in a laboratory complete with a machine shop and electrical components. Together with collaborators she builds devices to help children. She, along with an interdisciplinary team at Johns Hopkins, designed and tested a cup for individuals with cerebral palsy. This invention was found to be a safe intervention for promoting independence in individuals with oral motor impairments.
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The Spasticity and Intrathecal Baclofen Pump Clinic provides diagnosis, evaluation, and management of patients with hypertonia and cerebral palsy, and provides evaluation for treatment of spasticity using botulinum toxin or intrathecal baclofen pump therapy.
Neurodevelopmental & Neurobehavioral Clinic. This clinic provides evaluation and developmental concerns (autism developmental delays, and general learning disability) and dual diagnoses (learning problems combined with attention problems, anxiety, etc.)
Our primary care clinics provide services such as well-child visits (annual check-ups and child development milestones), immunizations, newborn care, common pediatric illnesses (sick visits), behavioral visits, and sports and school physicals. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
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Arkansas Children's reviews the signs of a concussion in children and young athletes.
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