My son Colton spent the first 72 hours of his life wearing a cool cap in the Akron Children’s Hospital NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). He was born with cerebral palsy as a result of an umbilical cord accident. He was in the NICU for a total of 36 days, and we have been coming […]
Tonight marks 2 milestones for 20-year-old Bryce Swartz with spina bifida: Receiving his Norton High School diploma and walking the stage at the Akron Civic Theatre to receive it from his father, Rod Swartz, a teacher and coach at Norton High School. His longtime physical therapy assistant at Akron Children’s Hospital, Turranna Rice, will help […]
Levi experienced a brain injury at birth and wasn’t expected to live through his birthday. He received cold cap therapy at Akron Children’s and spent 17 days in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), followed by 3 years of outpatient therapy. Now at age 3, he’s diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy and a severe affinity […]
With poses named shavasana, halasana and chaturanga, yoga may seem mysterious to those who have never practiced. In this Children’s Channel video, Beatrica Kovacova, a physical therapy assistant at Akron Children’s Hospital, shares her thoughts on how this ancient Indian discipline can benefit budding yogis of all ages.
For Kellie Lightfoot, dancing is more than movement. It’s a way of life. Her passion for dance started at age 3 and has afforded her many opportunities over the years, including performing at the collegiate level and as a Cleveland Cavalier Girl dancer. Her most satisfying dance achievement, though, has come off stage, as the […]
Cody Holland formed a special bond with his Akron Children’s physical therapist that even transcends deep-rooted football rivalries. Holland worked with Erin Shilling, an Akron Children’s physical therapist in the pediatric-focused sports medicine program at our Beeghly campus, for nearly all of his 70-plus therapy sessions after tearing his ACL, MCL and PCL in a season-ending […]