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Family Meetings: an Important Resource

July 27, 2009
"Family Meetings: an Important Resource," is a new article published in "Advance for Physical Therapists & PT Assistants" and written by ICSCI physical therapist Varsha Gandhi.

When continued rehabilitation at home would benefit a patient, a family meeting with the medical team can help patients and their families to become more involved in the patient's treatment program. Read the article "Family Meetings: An Important Resource" published in "Advance for Physical Therapists & PT Assistants" and written by International Center for Spinal Cord Cord Injury physical therapist Varsha Gandhi.

Cavalier Daily: NCAA tackles head injuries

September 26, 2012
Dr. Jennifer Reesman shares insights on concussion in collegiate sports

During Virginia’s abysmal 56-20 defeat to Georgia Tech Sept. 15, many fans witnessed a phenomenon they had likely never seen before. On two distinct occasions in the first half, Yellow Jackets quarterback Tevin Washington barreled to the Cavalier one-yard line before having his helmet dislodged. A new rule implemented by the NCAA this year meant the redshirt senior was forced to sit out the subsequent play each time — despite suffering no apparent discomfort on either play. “We know enough to make us really scared,” said Dr.

ABC2: Down syndrome walk brings families together

September 24, 2012
A Baltimore family shares their story of raising a son with Down syndrome, and their long-standing support of the annual BWI Run/Walk fundraising event for Kennedy Krieger’s Down Syndrome Program

Since Scott was born, his family has participated in the annual BWI run and walk to benefit Kennedy Krieger's Down Syndrome Clinic. It's a 4 mile run or a 2 mile family walk that helps raise money for Kennedy Krieger and local Down Syndrome support groups. Both have made a positive impact on Scotty and his family. "The other parents are able to tell us and clue us in on various therapies. If you have someone that has the same life experience it's a wonderful feeling," Wingfield said.

U.S. News & World Report: An All-Out Assault on Autism

August 31, 2012
Dr. Rebecca Landa shares details about Kennedy Krieger’s autism early intervention program in an article on the nation’s top hospitals for autism treatment.

Researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, a hospital that serves children with developmental disabilities and brain disorders, are seeing promise in early classroom-style intervention, too. Their six-month program for small groups of 2-year-olds involves about 10 hours of therapy a week in a preschool format—play time, circle time, snack time—plus practice at home. "It's so much more than a cute little classroom," says Rebecca Landa, director of Kennedy Krieger's autism center.

MSNBC.com: Typical toddler behavior or ADHD? Ten ways to tell

August 15, 2012
Dr. Mark Mahone offers advice on recognizing the early signs of ADHD risk in preschool-age children.

Telling the difference between a normal, antsy 4-year-old and one who is hyperactive to the point where it affects his or her ability to learn has become trickier as attention deficit disorders have become more common, according to recent research. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorder among kids in preschool, and it is now found in one of every 11 school-age children. But 40 percent of all 4-year-olds have trouble paying attention.

Baltimore Sun: Kennedy Krieger holds third annual outdoor retreat for young patients and siblings

July 23, 2012
Kennedy Krieger’s Camp SOAR brings together patients and their siblings for a summer adventure camp

The Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore organized its third annual Camp S.O.A.R or Sibling Outdoor Adventure Retreat this weekend. About half of the 39 campers are its young patients, who deal daily with physical and mental challenges. The other campers are their siblings. The counselors, about 60 volunteers, most of them on staff at the institute, organize activities, campfire gatherings and games all while attending to the needs of children with traumatic brain injuries, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome and paralysis.

Wall Street Journal: After a Stroke, Therapy Gets Faster

June 5, 2012
Kennedy Krieger researchers identify technique that can impact walking patterns – a promising finding for rehabilitation after stroke

Using insights into how the brain is wired, scientists are exploring better ways to help stroke and other neurologically impaired patients regain motor skills, such as walking. Read more...

Washington Post: Special-needs unit of Young Marines teaches youths to serve

May 27, 2012
At Kennedy Krieger High School, our Young Marines program is the only unit in the nation comprised of students with special needs

Founded in 1993, the Kennedy Krieger Young Marines program serves 24 students at a high school for children who cannot be accommodated in traditional schools. Bob, a 16-year-old sophomore from New Windsor, has autism. Cornell, a 17-year-old junior from Glendale, has an intellectual disability. Other students have cerebral palsy, Down syndrome or brain injuries. Read more...

ABC: World News Tonight w/Diane Sawyer

May 16, 2012
New Kennedy Krieger research shows a simple pull-to-sit task at six months may predict risk of autism in infants

Watch: Autism Research Head Lag Test

Wall Street Journal: Targeting Child’s Play to Help Tackle Autism

May 9, 2012
Some Simple Exercises, When Done Early, Show Promise in Helping Children with Autism Socialize and Communicate

CARD child's play research

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