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Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

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Akron Children's specialists have the training and expertise to evaluate and care for children with a developmental, learning or behavioral problem. We are dedicated to helping you to understand your child’s diagnosis, as well as identifying supports and resources to help them reach their potential.

Our team includes developmental-behavioral pediatricians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers and patient service representatives. 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 that support children with developmental care and education.

We diagnose and develop individual care plans for children with a range of developmental and behavioral problems, including

  • 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.)


Contact Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

330-543-8050 Appointments

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NeuroDevelopmental Science Center
Akron Children's 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


Catherine Scherer, DO, FAAP

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician

Nicholas Skiviat, DO

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician


Daniel Smith, MD

Director, Myelomeningocele Clinic; 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


Margaret Dell, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


Kaitlyn Evans, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


Tiffany Leonard, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


Carolyn Muha, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Other Providers:

Samantha Konen, BSN, RN

Myelo Clinic Program Coordinator

Some of the Conditions We Treat...

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

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