Autism

“Parenting a Child with Autism: What Should I Do In a Crisis?” Six Tips to Prepare for a Mental Health Crisis in Children on the Autism Spectrum

December 3, 2012
Kennedy Krieger expert advises parents on how to plan ahead

For some children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the core symptoms of impaired communication, social skills and repetitive behaviors are just the beginning of the challenges that they face. An ASD diagnosis also brings an increased likelihood of receiving a secondary mental health diagnosis, such as depression, anxiety and psychotic disorders, many of which manifest in severe behaviors that can quickly escalate to a crisis situation for a child and their family.

Children With Autism Arrive At Emergency Room In Times Of Psychiatric Crisis Nine Times More Than Peers

December 3, 2012
Kennedy Krieger researchers find families with private insurance more likely to use emergency department for urgent mental health care

BALTIMORE, Md. -- In the first study to compare mental health-related emergency department (ED) visits between children with and without autism spectrum disorders (ASD), researchers found that ED visits are nine times more likely to be for psychiatric reasons if a child has an ASD diagnosis.

Infant Head Lag May Raise a Red Flag for Autism

by Martie
Callaghan
November 2, 2012
A simple diagnostic test may help parents and pediatricians identify babies at risk for autism as early as six months of age.

Experts agree that early intervention in children with autism can lead to better outcomes later in life. Typically, autism is not diagnosed until age three or four, when delays in speech and social interaction become evident. New research by Dr. Joanne Flanagan and Dr. Rebecca Landa, director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, has identified a simple test that can raise a red flag for autism as early as six months.

Distinct developmental PATTERNS identified in children with autism During their first three years

October 30, 2012
Kennedy Krieger researchers find a preclinical phase in children with autism that is not easily detected

BALTIMORE, Md. (October 30, 2012) – In the largest prospective study to date of children with early and later manifestation of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) compared to children without ASD, researchers found two distinct patterns of language, social and motor development in the children with ASD. Published in the journal Child Development, the study found that early in development, children who display early signs of ASD show greater initial delay across multiple aspects of development compared to children whose ASD symptoms emerge later.

Nearly Half Of Children With Autism Wander Or “Bolt” From Safe Places

October 8, 2012
Study by Kennedy Krieger’s Interactive Autism Network finds children with autism are four times more likely to wander than their unaffected siblings

(Baltimore, MD) – A new study published today in the journal Pediatrics (Epub ahead of print) found that nearly half of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are reported to wander or “bolt,” and more than half of these children go missing.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Collaborates On Groundbreaking International Initiative To Advance Autism Research

September 24, 2012
Autism Brain Imaging Data Exchange (ABIDE) Represents Unprecedented Progress in Autism Research Community

Kennedy Krieger Institute and NYU Langone Medical Center announced today the creation of a new groundbreaking collaboration in autism research. The Autism Brain Imaging Data Exchange (ABIDE) is a database of brain scans from more than 15 leading international research institutions and academic medical centers. ABIDE was designed to advance scientific understanding of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by allowing researchers to share autism data within the broader scientific community. The collaboration is led by NYU Langone and Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Strategies to Enhance Functional Participation in Activities of Daily Living

Nov 7 2012 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Kennedy Krieger Institute
3901 Greenspring Avenue
Creamer Building
Third Floor, Large Conference Room
Balitmore, MD 21211

ABOUT THE EVENT:

Presented by: Teresa Anderson, OTR/L, Meghan Hinderer, MS OTR/L, Megan Owens, MS OTR/L, and Jeanine Lindenstruth, MS OTR/L.

Getting an Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis: Where do I go from here?

Dec 10 2012 - 9:30am - 11:00am

Kennedy Krieger Institute
3901 Greenspring Avenue
Creamer Building
Third Floor, Large Conference Room
Balitmore, MD 21211

ABOUT THE EVENT:

Presented by: Cathy Groschan, LCSW-C, Clinical Social Worker.

In this Sharing Treatment and Autism Resources (STAR) training, the presenter will lead the discussion and take your questions about getting a diagnosis, finding  services, the education system and more! This is an introductory training for parents.

Getting an Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis: Where do I go from here?

Sep 26 2012 - 9:30am - 11:00am

Kennedy Krieger Institute
3901 Greenspring Avenue
Creamer Building
Third Floor, Large Conference Room
Balitmore, MD 21211

ABOUT THE EVENT:

Presented by: Cathy Groschan, LCSW-C, Clinical Social Worker.

In this Sharing Treatment and Autism Resources (STAR) training, the presenter will lead the discussion and take your questions about getting a diagnosis, finding  services, the education system and more! This is an introductory training for parents.

Experts To Discuss The Latest Advancements In Intervention And Treatment Of Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders

August 8, 2012
Kennedy Krieger Institute to Host 12th Annual Autism Conference for Parents, Professionals, and Policy Makers

BALTIMORE, MD Distinguished researchers, clinicians and medical professionals will gather on October 25th and 26th to share recent findings and information on autism, a complex, life-altering, developmental disorder affecting 1 in every 88 children. This two-day conference, hosted by Kennedy Krieger Institute, will provide a comprehensive view of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including red flags for autism in the first three years of life and evidence-based intervention approaches and strategies.

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