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Parents.com: How Toddlers With Autism Behave

July 15, 2013
A new online video autism tutorial from Kennedy Krieger can help parents recognize the early signs of autism.

Given the prevalence of autism these days, both statistically (about 1 in 88 kids has it) and in the news, it’s natural for new parents to watch their babies for signs of autism. Now a new video on the early signs of autism is available free to parents, and it’s very insightful.

ADDitude: Art Therapy: Controlling Symptoms with Creativity

July 1, 2013
Kennedy Krieger art therapist Stacey Nelson shares the many ways art therapy can benefit children with ADHD and other learning difficulties.

Jacob Edward, 10, paints a clay plate he made in his past four art therapy sessions. He dips his brush into the cup of silvery black paint he has mixed, and dabs it into the cracks of the clay. Jacob's breathing and brush strokes start to quicken. He seems anxious. I ask him if he needs a break, and he stops to take three deep breaths. He resumes painting, at a slower pace. When he completes his work, he puts the plate aside. Next week he will put the finishing touches on it. He draws quietly for a few minutes before returning to his classroom. Jacob knows how art therapy helps him.

US News & World Report: A Third of Autistic Children Also Have ADHD

June 5, 2013
Kennedy Krieger research shows that nearly one-third of children with autism also have ADHD.

About a third of children who have autism also have symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to a study released Wednesday. According to researchers at the Baltimore-based Kennedy Krieger Institute, which studies autism, the two disorders may be somehow linked. 
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NBC4: Autism Screenings for Infants

May 29, 2013
A television segment spotlights our Center for Autism’s initiative to provide free developmental assessments to baby siblings most at risk of developing autism.

If you have a child with an autism spectrum disorder, there's a 1 in 5 chance that your child's younger sibling will also have one. Now some doctors are offering free screenings for infant siblings in hopes that those who need treatment will get it sooner.
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The Baltimore Sun: Kennedy Krieger researchers pinpoint cause of Sturge-Weber syndrome

May 17, 2013
An article spotlights a Kennedy Krieger research team that found the genetic cause of Sturge-Weber syndrome and port-wine birthmarks.

The discovery — Comi calls it a "game changer" — owes a lot to tenacity and technology. Comi, 45, and molecular scientist Jonathan Pevsner, 51, have both been trying to unravel the mysteries of Sturge-Weber since attending a conference on the disorder in 1999. It's been dubbed an "orphan disease," one that attracts relatively little public attention or research money.  
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Maryland Physician Magazine: Managing Concussions and Choosing Wisely

May 1, 2013
Dr. Stacy Suskauer offers insights on new developments in the diagnosis and treatment of concussions in young people.

As the medical community becomes increasingly aware of the possible effects of even minor trauma to the brain, and as Maryland became the 18th state to pass laws addressing concussion management in 2011, programs to treat concussions are mushrooming. The Kennedy Krieger Institute now offers one such center, the Neurorehabilitation Concussion Clinic, as the newest arm of their Pediatric Brain Injury Program, which now addresses the full spectrum of brain injury severity.

ABC7: Protect Our Children

April 6, 2013
Dr. Paul Law discusses our Interactive Autism Network’s research findings on children with autism who wander from safe places.

Dr. Paul Law, co-author of a recent study by the Kennedy Krieger Institute, speaks to a phenomenon known as wandering. Alison Singer, Co-Founder & President of the Autism Science Foundation describes her own experiences with her 15 year old daughter and how more than 49% of autistic children have been put at risk by this behavior.
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The Washington Post: Girl’s Therapy is Easier with Four-Legged Helpers

April 4, 2013
Kennedy Krieger’s inpatients benefit from animal-assisted therapy during intensive rehabilitation.

A few weeks later, Asheauna arrived for a months-long stay at Baltimore’s Kennedy Krieger Institute, a hospital that helps injured children and teenagers learn how to move again and how to perform activities that they need to do in everyday life. It can be hard work to learn how to use your arms and legs again, but Kennedy Krieger tries to make it as much fun as possible through activities including field trips, cooking lessons and an unusual program with four-legged friends.  

ScientificAmerican.com: Rewiring a Damaged Spinal Cord

April 4, 2013
Dr. John McDonald discusses his team's recent study finding that functional electrical stimulation cycling leads to physical and neurological improvements in an article highlighting several rehabilitation approaches.

When Christopher Reeve became quadriplegic, there was little hope for patients with spinal cord injury. Now researchers are combining what they know about the central nervous system’s ability to rewire and regrow with a new understanding of the hidden smarts of the spinal cord to dramatically improve treatments. Read more

Spirit Magazine: Patrick Rummerfield

May 1, 2013
A full-page story on Pat Rummerfield highlights his role as patient liaison in our own International Center for Spinal Cord Injury, his recent autobiography and his receipt of the Henry Viscardi Achievement Award.

After a 1974 car accident left Patrick Rummerfield a quadriplegic with 72 hours to live, Rummerfield beat the odds with the help of 17 years of intense therapy which allowed him to have mobility again in his arms and legs. Inspired by the challenges that he faced, he now has an even greater dream - to inspire others with disabilities to "keep the faith." Read more

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