Evaluating plans for patients of families with Sickle Cell, ASD/CNS diagnosis is a multi-prong approach. With a goal to expand neuropsychology services at Akron Children’s, Dr. Brittney Williams will collaborate with colleagues in the specialties of Hematology/Oncology, Psychology, School Health and more when treating patients.
Dr. Williams was attracted to studying neuropsychology to help build solutions that improve the quality of life for children and adolescents transitioning to adulthood. She remembers coming to Akron Children’s as a child and feeling comfortable and cared for during her stay. She carries that memory with her as she navigates complex issues in the patients she sees.
Explain neuropsychology and why you navigated towards this practice.
I chose neuropsychology to marry my knowledge of special education services for those with neurological conditions that may affect learning in the classroom. For children and families dealing with a Sickle Cell diagnosis, I found there was a need for comprehensive neuropsychological/neurodevelopmental evaluations as part of their care. I enjoy collaborating with families in navigating the school and hospital systems, which can be a daunting experience.
In children with Sickle Cell, it is common to see complications such as chronic pain, seizure, or stroke. In my evaluations, I often see difficulties with attention, memory, and problem-solving. Sometimes children have issues with fine motor functioning such as using a pencil, utensils, or buttoning clothing. When there are cognitive, behavioral, or academic challenges, I provide my recommendations to families and help them with the next step, which may include coordinating with other service lines and ensuring their school is supporting them appropriately. Most importantly, I encourage families and reinforce the work they have done so that they can build on the strengths they already have.
Why did you choose Akron Children’s?
I chose Akron Children’s for the organization’s commitment to providing quality care. I’ve met wonderful and dedicated physicians who embody the hospital’s mission. I knew this would be the perfect fit for me.
What impression do you hope to leave with your patients each day?
I want my patients and their families to know they have a provider working with them and listens to their concerns. I also hope that families leave knowing that they have someone on their team who will be an advocate for their child and their family.
Who makes up your family?
My family includes my husband Brian, my mother, sisters, nieces, and nephew.
When you are not seeing patients or working, what do you do in your free time?
I enjoy going to local farmers markets, trying new recipes, and hiking. I enjoy making French Toast!
What makes the best part of your day?
I love a quiet morning and having a cup of coffee with my husband. I like to try local coffee shops in Akron, and I cannot say “no” to Nervous Dog Coffee.
What was the last adventure you went on?
A trip to Chicago where we watched a baseball game at Wrigley Field for the first time.