Letter From Our President

Gary W. Goldstein, MDAt the Kennedy Krieger Institute, we believe that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating children with developmental disorders. Across the Institute, from our pediatric feeding disorders program to our pain management clinic, our dedicated doctors, researchers, therapists, and educators work with each child and family to tailor a treatment plan that will meet their needs.

Our approach to treating autism is no different. One of the many challenges families face is educating their children. In this issue of potential, you'll learn about Justin, a student at our Montgomery County School for children with autism, and why "one-size-fits-all" doesn't work for these kids.

And just as many of us celebrated the US Olympic heroes last summer, here at the Institute we're excited to celebrate another hero: Colbie, a young athlete at the Bennett Institute for Physically Challenged Sports. She has set records and traveled to the 2008 Paralympic academy in Beijing, but she's not stopping there. Colbie hopes to follow her dreams all the way to the 2012 Paralympics in London.

You'll also read about Corinne and her struggle with complex regional pain syndrome, which caused pain so severe that even a breeze against her skin was crippling. But thanks to the pain management team at Kennedy Krieger, Corinne won her battle with this devastating syndrome.

As you read the stories of Justin, Colbie, and Corinne that are told within these pages, I hope that you find them as inspiring as we at Kennedy Krieger do.

Sincerely,
Gary W. Goldstein, MD
President