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Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

If your child has a developmental, learning or behavioral problem, Akron Children's Hospital specialists have the training and expertise to evaluate and care for your child. Each year we handle about 8,000 patient visits, including more than 1,200 new patients. We will work with you to understand your child’s diagnosis, as well as identify supports and resources to help your child reach his or her potential.

We have one focus: kids.

Our team includes developmental-behavioral pediatricians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers and patient service representatives. Together, we help you understand the cause of your child’s developmental or behavioral problem and advocate for resources that enrich the quality of life for your child and family.

We also work closely with other pediatric specialists as needed, such as child neurologists and psychologists, as well as with your child's schools, preschools and other agencies involved with developmental care and education.

Whatever your child’s particular challenges, we’ll develop an individualized care plan to ensure the best possible future for him.

Conditions we treat.

We diagnose and treat a range of developmental and behavioral problems in children. These include:

  • Learning disorders
  • Attention and behavioral disorders
  • Tics, Tourette syndrome, and other habit disorders
  • Delayed development in speech, language, motor skills and thinking ability
  • Developmental disabilities (e.g., cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders, etc.)
  • Behavioral and developmental problems complicating the range of pediatric chronic illnesses (e.g., epilepsy, prematurity, genetic disorders, etc.)

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Contact Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics


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NeuroDevelopmental Science Center
Akron Children's Hospital NeuroDevelopmental Science Center, Akron
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Level 4
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-8054
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Jessica Foster
Jessica Foster, MD, MPH, FAAP

Director, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics; The Venner Family Endowed Chair in Autism; Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician

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Jacqueline Branch, MD, FAAP

Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician


Diane Langkamp, MD, MPH, FAAP

Director, Neonatal Follow-up Clinic and Down Syndrome Program; Director, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship; Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician


Daniel Smith, MD

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician


Kristen Stefanski, MD

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician

Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Sandra Bennett, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner; Pediatric Mental Health Specialist


Yvonne Bolden, BSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


Margaret Dell, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


Tiffany Leonard, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


Carolyn Muha, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


What Should Families Expect When They Come for an Appointment?

At Akron Children’s, your child’s health and safety is our priority. Please continue to bring your child for wellness visits, vaccinations or sick care appointments that keep children healthy. We want to assure you that we have taken additional precautions to ensure a safe environment for your child and family. The following are additional safety efforts, in addition to our normal cleaning protocols, that we are taking to help you be comfortable bringing your child to an appointment.

Masking and Other Safety Protocols

Akron Children’s has a number of safety protocols in place for our patients and visitors in order to provide a safe hospital environment.

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Checking In and Screening of Visitors

Akron Children's now offers Mobile Check-in to limit your exposure to others. You'll receive a text an hour before your child's appointment arrival time. Click the link in the text when you reach the Akron Children's facility for your child's appointment. You will receive a confirmation text that reminds you to wait in your car. Once we determine appropriate spacing is available inside the building, you'll receive a third text to let you know it's OK to come in for your appointment.

Immediately upon entering the building, your temperature will be taken, either by a thermal scanner or a greeter who will also ask you a few questions.

If you are in a waiting room, you’ll notice signs and a limited number of chairs. This is to remind our patients to keep 6 feet of physical distance between your family and others.

Precautions If You Suspect Your Child Has COVID-19

Call your child’s healthcare professional if your child is sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Your health care professional will work with Ohio’s public health department and the CDC to determine if your child needs to be tested for COVID-19.

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Some of the Conditions We Treat...

ADHD, oppositional-defiant behavior, tics, tourette syndrome, autism spectrum disorders