Program Spotlight

Rising Up

September 8, 2015
Professional training program aims to reduce health disparities

At a time when the U.S. is growing more diverse, the number of clinicians and researchers from underrepresented populations—including racial and ethnic minority populations and people with disabilities—is not keeping pace. Kennedy Krieger’s Harolyn Belcher, M.D., M.H.S., is determined to change that through public health leadership education programs she has led since 2005.

Bennett Institute Physically Challenged Sports Program

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

Bennett Institute Physically Challenged Sports Program

Moser Center for Leukodystrophies Launched

August 1, 2014
New center offers comprehensive treatment, research, and hope for patients with debilitating neurological disorders.
Dr. Hugo MoserHugo W. Moser

Is It Picky Eating or Something More?

November 13, 2013
Kennedy Krieger’s Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program helps children overcome feeding problems.

Catering to a child who is a picky eater is like being a short-order cook: chaotic. Dinnertime becomes a war zone, leading to hopeless battles fought over vegetables and macaroni and cheese.

The Healing Power of Therapy Dogs

by Kristina
August 2, 2013
Animal Assisted Therapy program uses specially trained dogs to enhance therapy.

Occupational therapist Lisa Rones works with Destiny Fallas to improve movement in her arm with the help of therapy dog Mattilda.When Stephanie Cooper Greenberg visits the children on Kennedy Krieger’s inpatient unit with her Dalmatian therapy dog, Mattilda, she gets to experience

Bringing it all Home for Patients with Tuberous Sclerosis

by Kristina
November 2, 2012
New interdisciplinary clinic brings world-class research, care, and support for families of patients with complex neurodevelopmental disorder.

When Chris and Crystal Ditch delivered their baby boy, Mason, they burst into tears of joy. It had taken them four years to get pregnant, and they finally held the baby they had awaited for so long. But two hours before Crystal and Mason were scheduled to be discharged, doctors told them that Mason had tumors in his tiny heart.

Piecing Together the Autism Education Puzzle

Piecing Together the Autism Education PuzzleFamilies whose children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder typically have a wide range of reactions: sadness, fear, and, for some, relief at having a name for their child's challenges.

Sleeping: Getting There and Staying There

July 8, 2011
Sleep disorders common in children with developmental disabilities

Any parent who’s ever struggled to put a child to bed— whether as an infant or a teenager—knows well the effects that poor sleep habits can have on an entire household. For some children the trouble might be something as common as difficulty falling asleep. For others, perhaps night terrors or sleep walking. In children with developmental disabilities, sleep disorders are all too common and run the gamut.

Heart and Soul: How a Husband and Wife Team Built the Bennett Institute

Gerry and Gwena HermanIn 1989, when Gerry and Gwena Herman got the call to move from Boston to Baltimore to start a physically challenged sports program, there was no question that they would do it. Gerry, who had self-styled his college major to do sports and physical education with special populations, found in the offer a chance to pursue his dream. And the Hermans have never looked back.

Making it all Possible

Gerry and Gwena Herman started the physically challenged sports program at Kennedy Krieger in 1989. The Hermans started with a wheelchair basketball program, but expanded the program so that kids with a wider range of disabilities would be able to compete. Today, kids have the opportunity to take part in sports, such as wheelchair basketball and football, swimming, track, archery, baseball, cycling, sitting volleyball, tennis, and sled hockey.

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