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Akron Children’s NeuroDevelopmental Science Center offers a School Success Clinic to help children and teens who struggle with schoolwork. Our team addresses a variety of factors that may be causing problems in school, such as delays in speech or language, learning disabilities or mental health disorders significantly affecting school performance.

The team in the School Success Clinic includes psychologists, a developmental-behavioral provider, pediatric neurologist, psychometrist (who administers and scores any tests your child will take to assess abilities), speech therapist and school psychologist. Children ages 6 to 18 years may benefit if they’re struggling in school and have a known or suspected problem such as:

  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental delays such as delays in speech or language skills
  • Learning disabilities, such as difficulties with reading (including dyslexia), writing, spelling or math skills
  • Mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression or an adjustment disorder that makes it difficult to cope with stressful situations or events

The evaluation

Children who are referred to the School Success Clinic will receive a thorough evaluation that includes speech and language testing, psychoeducational testing and a medical exam. We will identify your child’s strengths and areas of difficulty, which may include assessing speech and language skills, cognitive abilities (ability to think, reason and problem solve), how your child interacts with others and academic achievement. We will review your child’s medical history, current medications and any intervention or therapy services. We will also review relevant school documents, such as an Evaluation Team Report (ETR), Individualized Education Program (IEP), 504 Plan or Intervention Plan.

How we can help

Our team will review our findings and give you our recommendations in a written report. Children who do not need an IEP or Section 504 may still benefit from other services, such as speech and language therapy, tutoring, counseling or other services tailored to your child’s needs.

If your child already has an IEP and is still struggling, we can review current accommodations or suggest changes to make sure the IEP is effective. Our team is available to follow up with you by phone, if you need assistance in getting your child’s school to implement or make changes to the IEP based on our recommendations.

Make an appointment

A referral from your child’s doctor is required. To determine if your child is eligible for an evaluation and to verify coverage, you or your child’s doctor should call 330-543-8050.

Locations/Contact Us

Contact School Success


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

Susan Klein
Susan Klein, MD, PhD

Pediatric Neurologist

Tiffany Leonard
Tiffany Leonard, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Rebecca Lieb
Rebecca Lieb, PhD, ABBP

Director, Autism Diagnostic Clinic and Co-Director School Success Clinic; Clinical Psychologist

Katrina Lindsay
Katrina Lindsay, PhD, NCSP

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

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