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Doggie Brigade visits offer special treat for speech therapy patients

Roxie with kids at speech therapy

When you’re a fourth-grader who struggles with reading and writing, going to speech therapy to sharpen those skills after being in school all day may be the last place you want to be. That is, unless your speech pathologist uses the power of animal magnetism to help make learning fun.

A father’s secret WWII mission unveiled 70 years later

Dr.  Jim Besunder holds a WWII history exhibit invitation featuring a photo of his dad, Elliot, and Morse code.

When Dr. Jim Besunder was a boy, he would sometimes notice his father tapping his fingers in Morse code on the dinner table.

When he asked him about his role in World War II, his dad would say he “intercepted messages from the Germans” without any further details.

Interpreters are crucial to the treatment team

Roula Braidy with patient

The language access services provided at Akron Children’s can be a life-saver when it comes to treating patients — literally, in some cases. Language Access Coordinator Roula Braidy remembers a refugee family who spent months traveling in and out of emergency rooms, but because interpretive services weren’t available, they couldn’t understand what was happening to […]

A day in the life of a speech-language pathologist

Speech pathologist Shelly Vaughn with NICU patient Birce

As a part-time speech-language pathologist at Akron Children’s Hospital, Shelly Vaughn’s services are in high demand. Today, she’s at the Akron campus where her diverse skill set allows her to see a preemie in the NICU for feeding therapy and a teenager struggling with stuttering, all in the same day. On Wednesdays, she does outpatient […]

Twins pregnancy transforms Akron Children’s employee into patient

Miriam (left) and Ilana at 2 months. They were born April 16, 2014.

When I first started working at Akron Children’s Hospital, I never thought I would become a patient. I’m an adult, so what place do I have as a patient? Well, everything changed in fall 2013 when I learned I was pregnant with twins.

Nan knows: Nurse practitioner publishes gluten-free cookbook

Delnay created the cookbook for her bucket list and to pass down her recipes to her family.

It started off as an idea on her bucket list. Clinical nurse practitioner Nancy Delnay wanted to pass her treasured gluten-free cooking secrets to her family in a cookbook. She wasn’t expecting much interest beyond her circle of family and friends, but now finds herself preparing to order a second round of copies.