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Pediatric Neurobehavioral Health

With a special focus on brain function and child development, we assess your child’s cognitive, emotional and behavioral functioning and determine the best treatment to help improve his quality of life.

We have one focus: kids.

If your child has a known or suspected neurologic disorder - such as epilepsy, head injury, neuromuscular disorder or chronic medical illness - we're here to help. We have a team of pediatric psychologists and neuropsychologists who work with other pediatric specialists as needed to treat all aspects of a child’s condition.

Our evaluations may include:

  • Neuropsychological evaluation that assesses the relationship among how your child thinks, learns, remembers, pays attention, and feels to make recommendations for school, home, and other settings
  • Psychoeducational assessment that includes academic achievement assessment as part of a multi- disciplinary team for school success
  • Psychological assessment – understand your child’s level of emotional distress related to a known or suspected neurologic disorder

We use these evaluations to determine the best recommendations, treatments and non-medical interventions, such as habit-reversal training for tics, behavioral treatment for feeding issues, and cognitive behavioral therapies for headaches or emotional adjustment to neurologic issues such as epilepsy.

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Locations

Contact Neurobehavioral Health

330-543-8050

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Neurobehavioral Health
Akron Children's Hospital Neurobehavorial Health, Akron
Considine Professional Building
215 W. Bowery St.
Suite 4400
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-8054
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Lisa Stanford
Lisa D. Stanford, PhD, ABPP

Director, Division of Neurobehavioral Health; Neuropsychology Clinical Training Program; Pediatric Neuropsychologist

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Physicians/Providers:

Allison Burke, PhD

Director, Autism Diagnostic Clinic; Child and Adolescent Psychologist

Kathleen Hassara, PsyD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

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Jeannette Iskander, PhD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Katrina Lindsay, PhD, NCSP

Director: School Success Clinic and Tic and Tourette Service; Pediatric Psychologist; Nationally Certified School Psychologist

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Erica Montague Krapf, PhD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

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Bruna Schneider, PsyD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Nicole Swain, PsyD, ABPP

Pediatric Psychologist

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Shana Wilson Schuler, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist

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Kristine Woods, PsyD, BCB

Pediatric Psychologist

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Other Providers:

Morgan Bishop, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech and Language Pathologist

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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.

Limiting the Number of Caregivers and Face Covering

The number of caregivers permitted to accompany a child to an appointment is dependent on the department you are visiting. Everyone visiting an Akron Children's facility is asked to wear masks or face coverings, except for kids under 2 or those with sensory issues. Masks will be provided for visitors who do not bring their own.

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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.

View all the safety precautions Akron Children's is taking.

PEERS® Social Skills Group

We are pleased to offer the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills®  (PEERS®), an evidence-based social skills group for motivated middle and high school students who would like to learn how to make and keep friends and handle social difficulties. Groups will be facilitated by Allison Burke, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist and certified PEERS® for Adolescents provider, with the assistance of trained clinic staff.

Teens and parents attend weekly 90-minute group sessions for 14 weeks. Group sessions will be offered through telehealth (availability of in-person groups will be decided in accordance with public health recommendations). Teaching consists of didactic lessons, role-play demonstrations of skills, and behavioral rehearsals. Parents learn how to be “social coaches” for their teens to help them apply the skills they are learning.

Session topics include:

  • Conversational skills
  • Electronic communication
  • Identifying sources of friends
  • Entering conversations
  • Handling teasing and bullying
  • Resolving disagreements
  • Changing a bad reputation
  • Planning and hosting get-togethers
  • Using humor appropriately

Participation requirements: 

  • Reliable Internet connection (for telehealth groups)
  • Parent/caregiver involvement (it is best if the same parent/caregiver attends sessions)
  • Regular attendance
  • Teen motivation and willingness to participate
  • Teen is in middle or high school
  • Teen has friendship problems
  • Teen has conversational speech and can participate in group learning

Enrollment is ongoing, and group assignments are determined at intake based on group dynamics. Instruction is in English. For more information or to start the intake process, contact Katie Elliott, Director Secretary of NeuroBehavioral Health, at 330-543-4894.