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Kristina
Rolfes
December 2, 2014
Conquering complex medical conditions together: One family's journey with Kennedy Krieger

Willie BursonTwelve-year-old Willie Burson loves reading, drawing, and playing golf. He’s bright, too, having recently been accepted to a talented youth program. Seeing him today, you’d never guess this was the same boy whom doctors once said might never walk or talk.

In My Own Words: Marc Russo

December 2, 2014
Marc Russo, 13, isn’t letting auditory processing disorder keep him from accomplishing his dreams.

Marc RussoImagine going through your day and only hearing part of what your friends and teachers say. How would you feel if you missed the punch line to the joke? Or imagine someone calling your name in a crowded cafeteria but not knowing where that sound came from.

The Neuroscience of Movement

Kristina
Rolfes
December 2, 2014
How brain stimulation post-injury can affect learning and recovery

Motion Analysis Laboratory

Every movement you make—walking, reaching for your keys, or writing your name—is carefully orchestrated by hundreds of millions of neurons in the brain, with barely a conscious thought. But when a brain injury occurs, a person’s ability to move may become impaired. A once effortless movement may now seem impossible.

Bennett Institute Physically Challenged Sports Program

Kristina
Rolfes
December 2, 2014
Bennett helps athletes with disabilities get off the sidelines and into the game

Bennett Institute Physically Challenged Sports Program

Childhood Restored

Christianna
McCausland
December 2, 2014
Activity-based restorative therapies got Penelope back on her feet after a spinal cord injury

Penelope MillerAbout a week after Penelope Miller was born, in July 2012, her parents noticed her leg movement was more frog-like than her older brother’s was when he was a baby, and she didn’t have a strong kick. A visit to the doctor determined that everything was fine. Yet her parents, Tim and Heather, remained concerned. The family continued to visit doctors, and Penelope seemed to get stronger.

Back from Near-Death

Kristina Rolfes and
Abigail Green
December 2, 2014
Five years ago, Charnira was on life support and expected to remain in a vegetative state. Now 15, she is full of vitality, thanks to a brain injury program that helps non-responsive patients emerge into consciousness.

Charnira BerryNo one could have known that day how 10-year-old Charnira Berry’s life would be dramatically altered—or just how close she would come to struggling for survival. Her family was getting ready to go out, and while her father and siblings bustled around her, Charnira remained on the couch, sleeping. When her family was unable to rouse her, they realized something was seriously wrong.

Christian Thomas: Zen & The Art of Healing

Christianna
McCausland
December 2, 2014
One patient’s journey from diagnosis to top of the dojo

Where Are They Now?

Christian Thomas

Back to the Field or Back to the Bench? New Tool for Predicting Traumatic Brain Injury Outcomes

Martie
Callaghan
August 1, 2014
How soon should kids return to play after sustaining a concussion? Are they now more vulnerable to future injury or long-term effects on memory, mood, or behavior?

Madison AireyResearchers are investigating whether function of the somatosensory center in the brain, which processes information about how we experience touch, is a reliable measure of concussion and recovery from concussion. If so, a small, portable tool, like the one used by fifteen-year-old Madison Airey (above), could be used in schools and on sidelines.

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