Brain Injury Program

Akron Children's Brain Injury Program provides complete assessment for infants, children and teens suffering from a severe head injury, such as a concussion or brain trauma. Read More...

Klein Susan
Susan Klein, MD, PhD
Pediatric Neurologist

Montague Krapf Erica
Erica Montague Krapf, PhD

Najarian Christopher
Christopher Najarian, MD
Pediatric Physiatrist

Pulsipher Dalin
Dalin Pulsipher, PhD, ABPP/CN
Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Stanford Lisa
Lisa Stanford, PhD, ABPP/CN
Director, Division of Neurobehavioral Health Clinical Training Director, Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellowship Program

Swain Nicole
Nicole Swain PsyD
Pediatric Psychologist

Bennett Cynthia
Cynthia Bennett, MSN, CRNP, ATC
Nurse Practitioner, Neurology

Nossaman Lynda
Lynda Nossaman, MSN, CNP
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Lautenbach Kristen
Kristen Lautenbach, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Wyatt Aubree
Aubree Wyatt, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

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Conditions We Treat

Conditions we treat
Here are some of the conditions treated in this department. Select a condition to get more information and resources: Brain Injury, and Concussion.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks Akron Children's NeuroDevelopmental Science Center one of the best among children's hospitals nationwide.


Meet Our Patients



Brain Injury Program - Overview

Our center provides assessment for infants, children and teens suffering from traumatic head injuries, such as a concussion or  brain trauma.

Your child should be evaluated in Akron Children’s ER if he is experiencing neurological symptoms such as:

  • change in level of consciousness; memory problems
  • headaches
  • nausea/vomiting
  • vision changes
  • dizziness
  • numbness/weakness

Akron Children's Hospital  or your primary care provider will evaluate and treat concussions in the first 2 weeks and refer you to the head injury clinic if recovery is complicated or slow. 

Head injury clinic referral occurs when the concussion symptoms last more than 2-3 weeks, or if your child has experienced a severe head injury requiring hospitalization, has a previous head injury, or has other neurological problems.  We strongly recommend your child be evaluated by our team to treat prolonged or severe symptoms.


What To Expect

Your first appointment to Akron Children's Head Program will last 2-3 hours. During the visit:

  • A medical assistant will assess vital signs and complete a vision screening. 
  • A speech-language pathologist will conduct a cognitive communication assessment before your child’s medical examination. This assessment will specifically look at aspects of memory and language that are more susceptible to impairments after a head injury. 
  • A nurse will give a short survey to assess mood changes.  The nurse will also teach about nutrition, fluid intake, sleep hygiene and common headache triggers.  
  • A pediatric neurologist, physiatrist or nurse practitioner will perform a thorough history and neurological exam.  Based on the history you provide and the clinical findings, the provider will recommend a treatment plan that may include medication, imaging or therapies.   

If your child has already received a CT scan or MRI, please bring the CD for our team to review.

If your child needs clearance to return to activities, we can grant it when appropriate.


Patient Family Resources


We know you must have many questions about your child's brain injury. We hope you find these articles helpful.

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Akron Children's Hospital
NeuroDevelopmental Science Center
Considine Professional Building
215 W. Bowery St., Suite 4400
Akron , OH 44308
Phone: 330-543-8050
Fax: 330-543-8054
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