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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.

Why Do Children With Autism Wander and Bolt From Safe Places?

March 30, 2011
Interactive Autism Network launches first-ever national survey to study critical safety issue in autism community

(Baltimore, MD) -- Today, the Interactive Autism Network (IAN), with support from leading autism advocacy groups, launches the first major survey to study the experience of wandering and elopement, or escaping, among individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The tendency of individuals with ASD to wander or “bolt” puts them at risk of trauma, injury or even death, yet information on this critical safety issue is lacking.

Experts to Discuss Latest Advancements in Intervention and Treatment Strategies Across the Lifespan of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

October 5, 2011
Kennedy Krieger Institute to Host 11th Annual Autism Conference for Parents, Professionals, and Policy Makers

BALTIMORE, MD -- Distinguished researchers, clinicians, and medical professionals will gather on October 20th and 21st to share recent findings and information on autism, a complex, life-altering, developmental disorder affecting 1 in every 110 children. This two-day conference, hosted by Kennedy Krieger Institute will provide a comprehensive view of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including evidence-based early intervention approaches and strategies.

New Findings Validate the Accuracy of Autism Diagnosis in Children with Down Syndrome

October 4, 2011
Study shows DSM criteria can be used to identify autism in children with Down syndrome.

October 4, 2011 (Baltimore, MD) -- New findings from a 16-year study confirm that the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the gold-standard for the classification of mental health conditions, can be used to accurately identify autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children with Down syndrome, according to research from Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute to Hold State-Wide Needs Assessment Forum

September 26, 2011

September 22, 2011 (Baltimore, MD) -- On Thursday, October 6, 2011, Kennedy Krieger's Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities will hold a public Needs Assessment Forum to aid the development of a five-year plan designed to improve state-wide services that address the needs of people with developmental disabilities.

Kennedy Krieger Expert Offers Ways to Distinguish Between Picky Eating and a Pediatric Feeding Disorder

September 19, 2011

September 19, 2011 (Baltimore, MD) -- 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.

Preschoolers' Grasp of Numbers Predicts Math Performance in School Years

September 14, 2011
Study Reveals Link Between Early Number Sense and Elementary Math Scores

September 14, 2011 (Baltimore, MD) -- A new study published today in the journal PLoS ONE reports that the precision with which preschoolers estimate quantities, prior to any formal education in mathematics, predicts their mathematics ability in elementary school, according to research from the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Early Motor Experiences Give Infants a Social Jump Start

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September 9, 2011
Study Indicates Infants at Risk for Autism Could Benefit from Motor Training

September 9, 2011 (Baltimore, MD) -- In a new study published today in the journal Developmental Science (Epub ahead of print), researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Vanderbilt University found that early motor experiences can shape infants' preferences for objects and faces.

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