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 a severe head injury, such as a concussion or non-accidental brain trauma.

Your child should be evaluated in Akron Children’s ER first if he is experiencing neurological symptoms — with or without a loss of consciousness — such as:

  • headaches
  • nausea
  • vision changes
  • dizziness
  • numbness

If these symptoms last more than 24 to 48 hours, or if your child has experienced a head injury previously, we strongly recommend your child be evaluated by our team to prevent chronic symptoms. The earlier medical treatment is received, the better the recovery.

Our team also works to educate teachers, coaches and other community leaders on the importance of prompt medical response and best practices to prevent brain injuries.


What To Expect

Your first appointment to Akron Children's Brain Injury Program will last 2 hours. During the visit:

  • A pediatric neurologist or nurse practitioner and neuropsychologist will conduct several assessments on your child.
  • Our speech pathologist will perform a pediatric brain injury test to examine cognitive (mental) impairment.
  • If necessary, our team will screen teens 12 years and older for anxiety and depression.
  • Your child may also undergo a thorough neurological test for further screening.

Afterward, you and your child will sit down with our team to discuss test results and treatment plans. We may make referrals for treatment, discuss medication management or order CT scans or an MRI for additional testing.

If your child has already received these scans, please bring in the results 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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