Akron Children’s Hospital has completed the second and third phases of a multi-year, multi-million-dollar renovation and expansion of Rehabilitative Services, one of the hospital’s busiest departments with children of all ages participating in audiology, speech, occupational and physical therapy. The new space, which opened to patients Dec. 6, dramatically refreshens and brightens a large portion […]
Ballet helps Lily connect, share her story
At age 2, Lily Sargent fell in love with ballet. She didn’t realize it at the time, but her art would become her therapy, her escape and the best way for her to express how she sees the world. In kindergarten, Lily’s cognitive struggles began to surface. Testing revealed she had dysgraphia and visual processing […]
Mary Marino plans a retirement that includes family, travel and projects
Mary Marino, director of rehabilitative services, has always focused on the big picture. Early in her career, she worked as a speech-language pathologist, coming up with ideas and solutions to help her pediatric patients overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Later, looking at the big picture meant joining a team that helped to streamline Akron Children’s separate […]
West Akron teenager gains confidence and independence, one step at a time
Like most teenagers, Serenity Smolen is constantly learning, exploring and discovering what she does and doesn’t like. Some of the time, she encounters a learning curve. When it comes to conquering new undertakings, Serenity, 13, is a pro. It’s something she’s done all her life. Serenity, who was born with congenital limb differences that affect […]
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