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Time: U.S. Autism Rates Jump 30% From 2012

March 27, 2014
Dr. Rebecca Landa of Kennedy Krieger’s Center for Autism & Related Disorders weighs in on the new autism prevalence rate.

If we’re identifying children at four years old, they are almost ready for kindergarten, and they don’t have the language readiness or the social foundation for walking into a kindergarten classroom,” says Rebecca Landa, director of the center for autism and related disorders at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, who was not involved in the survey. “Without the infrastructure of skills they need, it’s a heartbreaking arrangement for the child. We want to try to give them the early foundational skills as early in life as possible.

CBS Baltimore (WJZ-TV): More Players Needed In Kennedy Krieger’s Push For A Wheelchair Lacrosse League

March 20, 2014
A spotlight on Kennedy Krieger efforts to launch the area’s first wheelchair lacrosse league.

Life in a wheelchair doesn’t have to mean life without lacrosse. That’s the message doctors at Kennedy Krieger are sending patients by creating a wheelchair lacrosse league. It’s not up and running yet. But, as Gigi Barnett reports, it will be soon. Watch online.

NBC Baltimore (WBAL-TV): Kennedy Krieger Hosts Wheelchair Lacrosse Clinic

March 17, 2014
Institute organizers hope to generate interest in forming official league

At Johns Hopkins [today], a new type of [of lacrosse] was being played. Kennedy Krieger Institute hosted a wheelchair lacrosse clinic for patients. Not only does it help participants, but organizers hope it will generate enough interest to start a league in Baltimore. Watch online.

CBS Sacramento (KMAX-TV): Good Day Sacramento

March 15, 2014
A fun look at The Zombie Run and how the race benefits children with brain injuries and disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute.

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ABC Baltimore (WMAR-TV): Technology. More than just a game.

March 4, 2014
Gaming systems used as therapy tools for Kennedy Krieger’s young patients

For most people, video games are strictly for entertainment. For therapists and patients who use these gaming systems as tools, however, the technology is important to improving quality of life. Rebecca Martin, manager of clinical education and training at Kennedy Krieger Institute, works with patients in the spinal cord unit who have varying levels of paralysis. For them, a range of technology from standard video games to more specialized virtual reality systems are important tools for rehabilitation.

The Plain Dealer: Can You Identify Signs of Autism in a One-Year-Old?

February 27, 2014
Video tutorial from Kennedy Krieger expert illustrates the early signs of autism

While most children with autism are diagnosed by age 4, many researchers feel the earliest signs of the developmental disorder show up in babies as young as six to 18 months. That’s why the Kennedy Krieger Institute and other research groups have created simple videos available online comparing the behaviors of typically developing infants and toddlers with those of children with suspected autism. Read more.

The Children’s Advocate: What Parents Can Do to Curb a Finicky Foodie?

February 24, 2014
Tips to help overcome picky eating feature insights from Kennedy Krieger’s Feeding Disorders Program

Sure, picky eating is normal. But parents can take steps to make sure that the “picky eating stage” is less likely to follow their children into adulthood. Read more.

The Daily Times: Telemedicine program connects doctors in Baltimore with child patients in Berlin

February 22, 2014
Technology connects Kennedy Krieger experts to children with special needs on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

Thanks to a new telemedicine program at Atlantic General Hospital, services in the past that would have required a three-hour drive to Baltimore are now available right inside the Berlin hospital. Atlantic General staff have partnered with doctors from the Kennedy Krieger Institute so special needs children on the Eastern Shore can consult with specialists through a new telemedicine system.

Quest: FSHD ‘Xenograft’ Mouse Model Developed

February 14, 2014
Kennedy Krieger muscular dystrophy expert leads research team

Researchers funded in part by MDA have created a new research mouse (mouse "model") that they say is likely to speed investigations in facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) and therapy development for this disease. It's expected to complement an existing FSHD mouse model. Read more.

SheKnows.com: Art Therapy to Treat ADHD in Children

January 8, 2014
Kennedy Krieger art therapist discusses benefits of self-expression through art

“With diagnoses of ADHD in children on the rise in the U.S., parents can help their children through art therapy with fun, simple projects that focus on process over product.” Read more.

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