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Breaking Autism's Silence, Two Wheels and One Step at a Time

April 10, 2012
Kennedy Krieger's Annual Bike Ride, Nature Walk and Family Fun Festival to Support Autism Research

BALTIMORE, MD -- In honor of Autism Awareness Month, friends and families will join together, on bike and by foot, at Kennedy Krieger Institute's annual ROAR for Autism event Sunday, April 29 at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Md. Kennedy Krieger Institute is one of the nation's leaders in autism research, and strives to improve the lives of children with autism through cutting edge research and care.

Baltimore City Hall to Be Bathed in Blue for Autism Awareness Month

April 2, 2012
As Part of the International "Light It Up Blue" Campaign, Mayor Rawlings-Blake Partners with Kennedy Krieger Institute to Illuminate Baltimore City Hall

(Baltimore, MD) -- Once again, as part of a joint effort between Kennedy Krieger Institute and the City of Baltimore, Baltimore City Hall will be lit in blue for the entire month of April in recognition of Autism Awareness Month. On April 2nd, World Autism Awareness Day, Baltimore City Hall will flip the switch to take part in Light It Up Blue and shine a bright spotlight on autism, a complex, life altering, developmental disorder affecting more than 1.5 million Americans.

"Could My Child Have Autism?" Ten Signs of Possible Autism-Related Delays in 6- to 12-Month-Old Children

March 26, 2012
Kennedy Krieger Expert Advises Parents on What to Look for During Playtime

Rebecca Landa, PhD, CCC-SLPThough autism is often not diagnosed until the age of three, some children begin to show signs of developmental delay before they turn a year old.

New Data Show Children with Autism Bullied Three Times More Frequently than Their Unaffected Siblings

March 26, 2012
The Interactive Autism Network reports 63 percent of children with autism have been bullied

BALTIMORE, MD -- Today, the Interactive Autism Network (IAN),, the nation's largest online autism research initiative and a project of the Kennedy Krieger Institute, reports preliminary results of the first national survey to examine the impact of bullying on children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Ambry Genetics Reports Specific Results from Clinical Diagnostic Exome Testing of Patients at Kennedy Krieger Institute

February 29, 2012
First Test of its Kind in Industry Yields Promising Results

ALISO VIEJO, CA, and BALTIMORE, MD -- Ambry Genetics, a global leader in genetic services with a focus on clinical diagnostics and genomics, announces specific results from one of three recent diagnoses using its proprietary new Clinical Diagnostic Exome™.

Kennedy Krieger Institute to Host Multiple Trainings and Events for Autism Awareness Month

March 13, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD -- April is Autism Awareness Month and Kennedy Krieger Institute will host a series of events, including free lectures and trainings by some of the nation's top autism experts for the benefit of local professionals, parents and families. Autism is a developmental disability that affects the ability of 1 in 88 children to communicate, understand language and relate to others. Kennedy Krieger Institute's Center for Autism & Related Disorders invites the community to the following:

New Study Shows Minority Toddlers with Autism are More Delayed than Affected Caucasian Peers

February 21, 2012
Increased Awareness Among Clinicians and Parents Could Lead to Earlier Diagnosis and Intervention for Minority Children with ASD

BALTIMORE, Md. -- The first prospective study of ethnic differences in the symptoms of autism in toddlers shows that children from a minority background have more delayed language, communication and gross motor skills than Caucasian children with the disorder. Researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute concluded that subtle developmental delays may be going unaddressed in minority toddlers until more severe symptoms develop.

Kennedy Krieger Institute to Observe Rare Disease Day

February 13, 2012

(Baltimore, MD) -- Kennedy Krieger Institute will join the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) and others around the world in observing Rare Disease Day on February 29. The purpose is to focus attention on the needs of patients and families affected by rare diseases.

"This is a global observance," said Peter L. Saltonstall, president and CEO of NORD. "Individuals and organizations around the world will all be sharing stories of how rare diseases affect their lives."

The challenges of living with a rare disease, he said, include:

Making the Holidays Special

December 5, 2011
Ideas for Families of Children with Special Needs

The holiday season is a magical time for many families, but when you have a child with special needs it can also present unique challenges. Kennedy Krieger experts assembled their top tips to help maximize a child's engagement and enjoyment in the holiday festivities. While every child has their own set of needs and abilities, we hope this advice helps you in creating a season of warm memories, from preparation to celebration to clean-up. Happy holidays from our family to yours!

Alternating Training Improves Motor Learning

October 18, 2011
Kennedy Krieger researchers find that varying practice sessions may benefit people with motor disorders

(Baltimore, MD) -- Learning from one's mistakes may be better than practicing to perfection, according to a new study appearing in the October 19 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute found that forcing people to switch from a normal walking pattern to an unusual one -- and back again -- made them better able to adjust to the unusual pattern the following day. The findings may help improve therapy for people relearning how to walk following stroke or other injury.

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