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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.

Novel Method Discovered to Reveal the Genetic Relatedness Between Individuals

November 8, 2011
Kennedy Krieger researcher finds unexpected familial relationships in data widely used by biomedical research community

(Baltimore, MD) -- At a time when profound gaps remain in our understanding of how one person’s genes differ from another person’s , developing accurate methods to interpret the human genome is essential to uncover population history, population relationships and the genetic basis of some of the most common diseases affecting society.

FESTIVAL OF TREES: Santa and His Helpers Bring the North Pole to the Maryland State Fairgrounds

October 24, 2011
Kennedy Krieger Institute's annual holiday fundraiser returns for three days of non-stop holiday fun

(Baltimore, MD) -- No boots, no scarves, no problem! From Friday, November 25 through Sunday, November 27, 2011 Kennedy Krieger Institute will deck the halls of the Maryland State Fairgrounds in holiday style for the annual Festival of Trees.

National Survey Will Measure How Bullying Impacts Children with Autism

October 17, 2011
Interactive Autism Network asks families to report on bullying experiences of children with ASD

(Baltimore, MD) -- Today, the Interactive Autism Network (IAN Project) launches a national survey to study the impact of bullying on children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Bullying, a pervasive problem among youth, has attracted the national spotlight in recent months because of the lasting, and sometimes tragic, effects on children and teenagers across the country.

Kennedy Krieger Patient to be Featured on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Friday, October 21st at 8/7c

October 17, 2011
Twelve days before his 21st birthday, Brian Keefer, an all-around college athlete, suffered a drastic gymnastics injury that paralyzed him from his neck down. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition featured Brian and his family in a special two-hour episode.

Kennedy Krieger Featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition(Baltimore, MD) -- We hope that you will share in our excitement that one of our patients was chosen as the deserving recipient of a new home through the ABC reality show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Kennedy Krieger Offers Advice for Purchasing Holiday Gifts for Children with Special Needs

December 9, 2008

During the holiday season and these difficult economic times, finding the perfect gift for any child can be a challenge. For family and friends looking for the right toy for a child with special needs, this process can cause even more anxiety and frustration.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Prominently Featured in Today Show Series and Newsweek Article

February 23, 2005

NBC Today Show Series on Autism:

Kennedy Krieger Institute autism programs, research, families and experts were featured on the Today Show series, Autism: The Hidden Epidemic? Originally aired at 8:10 and 9:10 a.m. the week of February 21-25, the series explored tough questions about autism’s causes as well as the benefits of early detection, early intervention, education and advocacy. The culmination of the series was an interview with Kennedy Krieger President & CEO Dr.

Novel Imaging Technique Reveals Brain Abnormalities That May Play Key Role in ADHD

November 17, 2008
Kennedy Krieger researchers uncover structural features of the brain that may contribute to disorder’s development

(Baltimore, MD) -- A study published today in AJP in Advance, the online advance edition of The American Journal of Psychiatry, the official journal of the American Psychiatric Association, reveals for the first time shape differences in the brains of children with ADHD, which could help pinpoint the specific neural circuits involved in the disorder. Researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Md.

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