Down Syndrome Program

Akron Children’s Down Syndrome Program, which is part of the NeuroDevelopmental Science Center, provides evaluation, medical care and developmental services for infants, children and teens with Down syndrome. Our team works in collaboration with the child, family, primary care provider and community organizations to offer the best possible health and developmental outcomes for children with Down syndrome. Read More...

Langkamp Diane
Diane Langkamp, MD
Director, Neonatal Follow-up Clinic, and Director, Down Syndrome Program

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: Down Syndrome.


Meet Our Patients



The Akron Children’s Hospital NeuroDevelopmental Science Center offers a multidisciplinary Down Syndrome Program to provide complete medical and developmental evaluations for children from infants to adolescents. We work in collaboration with the child, the family, their primary care provider and community resources to help ensure the best possible physical health and developmental outcomes for children with Down syndrome.

Services include:

  • Developmental and behavioral pediatrics – including a complete developmental and medical evaluation to help make specific recommendations tailored to each child.
  • Physical therapy – to maintain and enhance strength, mobility, balance, tone and coordination.
  • Occupational therapy – to maintain and enhance strength, posture, fine and visual motor skills, reflexes and sensory processing abilities.
  • Speech and hearing therapy – including careful observation and testing of a child’s language, speech and hearing abilities.
  • Nutritional services – including assessments and nutritional care plans for children with special diets or feeding problems.
  • Social work/service coordination– to help families access appropriate hospital and community resources.

The Down Syndrome Program works closely with specialists in cardiology, genetics, and adolescent medicine, as well as other allied health professionals from psychology, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, ophthalmology and otolaryngology. This approach ensures that all children receive the comprehensive care needed to meet their unique developmental and functional goals.

We believe that early intervention is the key to successful development and that appropriate interventions throughout childhood and adolescence will lead to greater achievement in individuals with Down syndrome. While families play an integral role in supporting their children in making developmental strides, our knowledge and expertise will help provide the necessary foundation.

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