She thought she was coming to Akron Children’s Hospital for yet another appointment, but 11-year-old Madelyne Williams got the surprise of her young lifetime – her “fairy godmother” broke the news that she and her family will soon be taking an all-expenses paid trip to Disney World and Sea World. As Maddie crossed the Bowery […]
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As he built a road for his toy cars, 4-year-old Wesley Radebaugh had not one but two friendly playmates by his side. The playmates were occupational therapist Lindsay Ripple and speech therapist Emily Waler, who find working together with Wesley to be a more natural and effective way to help him develop his skills. Wesley’s […]
Over the past year Brayden has had a journey at Akron Children’s hospital. It started out as a normal day. I went grocery shopping and Brayden went to his grandparents’ house after shopping. I stopped by to pick him up. Brayden said he had to go to the bathroom first then we could go home. […]
Our story starts in 2011. We were sent to Dr. Pittinger for a ganglion cyst on Devin’s right wrist. The first appointment with a new doctor is a little scary sometimes, but this time it was different. As soon as Dr. Pittinger came in, Devin smiled and said hi. He was comfortable with the doc […]
Putting on and taking off your socks and shoes. That’s something most of us do every day without much effort or thought. But some children need help with such “skills of everyday living” and that’s where an occupational therapist becomes a valuable member of the care team. “Occupational therapists help children improve skills that […]
Breanna Coonce knew something was up when she got home from school and saw a bunch of cars in the driveway. Inside the house were several family members, all standing in silence with worried looks on their faces. “What’s going on?” she asked. And there it was. A few days earlier she’d visited the Akron […]