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New Initiative Provides Free Developmental Assessments for Children Most at Risk for Autism

April 1, 2013
Kennedy Krieger Puts Spotlight on One in Five Chance Infant Siblings of Children with Autism will Develop Disorder

Baltimore, Md. -- Kennedy Krieger Institute today announced a new, pilot initiative to help identify the red flags of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in infant siblings of children with ASD as early as possible. Research studies have found that for families who have one child with ASD, the chance of a subsequent sibling developing the disorder is one in five.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Partners with Kennedy Krieger Institute to Illuminate Baltimore City Hall for Autism Awareness Month

March 28, 2013
Part of International “Light It Up Blue” Campaign

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Baltimore City Hall will be bathed in blue lights during the month of April, as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joins the Kennedy Krieger Institute to recognize the millions of families facing the challenges of autism. On April 2, in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month, Baltimore City Hall will flip the switch to take part in Light It Up Blue – shining a bright spotlight on autism, a complex, life altering, developmental disorder affecting as many as 1 in 88 children in the U.S.

Run, Bike, Walk and “ROAR For Autism” with Kennedy Krieger Institute

March 21, 2013
Participants put one foot—or pedal—in front of the other to raise awareness and critical research funds

BALTIMORE, Md. -- For the 9th year, Kennedy Krieger Institute is marking April’s Autism Awareness Month with its annual ROAR for Autism, presented by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, event on Sunday, April 28 at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Md. As one of the nation’s leaders in autism research, Kennedy Krieger Institute strives to provide early diagnosis and develop effective treatments for this brain-based disorder.

Another Restless Night or Something More?: Five Signs of Sleep Disorders in School-Age Children with Special Needs

March 7, 2013
As Part of Sleep Awareness Week (March 3-10), Kennedy Krieger Expert Advises Parents on When to Seek Help and Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

While sleep disturbances are common in all children at some point during childhood, the National Association of School Psychologists estimates that as many as 30 percent of children have restless nights serious enough to be diagnosed with a sleep disorder. For children with special needs, the likelihood of sleep disorders is even higher, due to factors such as physical and behavioral differences, and even side-effects from medication. 

Lower Extremity Functional Electrical Stimulation Cycling Promotes Physical & Neurological Recovery In Chronic Spinal Cord Injury

March 4, 2013
Study by Kennedy Krieger’s International Center for Spinal Cord Injury suggests activity-based restorative therapy programs may provide substantial benefits for persons with chronic SCI

Baltimore, MD -- A new study by Kennedy Krieger Institute’s International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (Epub ahead of print) finds that long-term lower extremity functional electrical stimulation (FES) cycling, as part of a rehabilitation regimen, is associated with substantial improvements in individuals with chronic spinal cord injury (SCI).

Speech Emerges In Children On The Autism Spectrum With Severe Language Delay At Greater Rate Than Previously Thought

March 4, 2013
Study by Kennedy Krieger’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders reveals key predictors of speech gains

BALTIMORE, Md. -- New findings published in Pediatrics (Epub ahead of print) by the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders reveal that 70 percent of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who have a history of severe language delay, achieved phrase or fluent speech by age eight.

Project HEAL At Kennedy Krieger Institute Wins National Hospital Charitable Services Award

February 18, 2013
Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Project HEAL program has been named a 2012 Program of Excellence as part of the Hospital Charitable Service Awards.

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Kennedy Krieger Institute's Project HEAL program has been named a 2012 Program of Excellence as part of the Hospital Charitable Service Awards, a national program sponsored by Jackson Healthcare which recognizes programs demonstrating sustainable community impact.

Project HEAL was one of ten selected from a national pool of 191 nominees. Award recipients were announced at a banquet in Atlanta on February 13, 2013 and received $10,000 to continue their service in their community.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Announces First-Of-Its-Kind Special Education Fellowship

February 18, 2013
Former Maryland superintendent, Dr. Nancy Grasmick, joins Kennedy Krieger as Director of Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Kennedy Krieger Institute announces a new fellowship program designed to empower leaders in special education to develop effective teaching practices, learning methods, curricula and educational policies to optimize learning for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Maryland Center For Developmental Disabilities At Kennedy Krieger Offers Free Informational Trainings On The Eastern Shore For Parents Of Children With Disabilities

February 15, 2013
Free informational training sessions are being offered on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to parents of children with special needs.

BALTIMORE, Md. -- This year, the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute will host several free informational training sessions on the Eastern Shore for parents of children with special needs. Sessions will cover topics concerning early childhood and school-aged children and are focused on parent advocacy and inclusion of children with developmental disabilities. Also, every family who attends will receive one $35 child care stipend.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Elects Six New Members to Board of Directors

January 28, 2013
Judy Woodruff, Anthony Rosso, James Pitts, Dr. Ken Schuberth, Ed Walker and Mary Ann Scully all join Institute’s Board

BALTIMORE, Md. -- This year, Kennedy Krieger Institute has elected six new members to its Board of Directors.  These members join more than 35 Baltimore-area community and business leaders who guide Kennedy Krieger in serving children with special needs. The new members are:

Judy Woodruff

Broadcast Journalist, PBS NewsHour

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