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 […]

Distracted drivers aren’t getting the message (Video)


At highway speeds, a car travels more than a football field in the time it takes a driver to send the average text message. In this Children’s Channel video, Heather Trnka, injury prevention coordinator at Akron Children’s Hospital, discusses texting and other distractions that create life-threatening situations for drivers and passengers alike.

Famous Idaho® Potato Truck Visits Akron Children’s


A visit from the Famous Idaho® Potato Truck was an eye-opening experience for patients, families and employees at Akron Children’s Hospital. Children and adults alike giggled, stared and pulled out their phones to capture the sight of a 12,000 pound potato in front of Akron Children’s Hospital on Monday, July 29. This larger-than-life spud rolled […]

Razing of Child Guidance Building: Building on the Promise (Video)


The former home of Child Guidance services in Akron (OH) was razed over several days in late April 2013 to help make way for a $200 million expansion of Akron Children’s Hospital.

Pretty poisons: Harmful substances that look good enough to eat (Video)


Detergent “pods” that look like marshmallows and gummy vitamins that are identical to their candy counterparts are part of a growing number of potential poisons that – to a child – may look good enough to eat.

Singing for supper Harvest for Hunger Idol competition provides money, meals for local food banks

Carrie Claypool

The judges, the spotlights, the contestants channeling their best John Mayer, Usher and Whitney Houston. Akron Children’s looked a lot like American Idol on March 7 when 10 employees performed at the Harvest for Hunger Idol, an annual fundraiser for the Akron/Canton and Mahoning Valley food banks. Employees gathered in the hospital’s Sherman Auditorium to […]