(Baltimore, Md) - Research presented by Kennedy Krieger Institute experts at the 2009 Pediatric Academic Societies' (PAS) Annual Meeting beginning May 2nd in Baltimore, Maryland offers important insights into autism spectrum disorder diagnostic guidelines, prescription drug trends for preschoolers with developmental and behavioral disorders, and the neurologic impact of newborn stroke.
Findings to be presented by Kennedy Krieger researchers at the PAS Annual Meeting include:
Kennedy Krieger Researchers Suggest Improvements Are Possible
by Targeting Letter Formation, Fine Motor Control Training
(Baltimore, MD) - Handwriting skills are crucial for success in school, communication, and building children's self-esteem. The first study to examine handwriting quality in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has uncovered a relationship between fine motor control and poor quality of handwriting in children with ASD, according to research published in the November 10, 2009, issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Kennedy Krieger Researchers Uncover New Insight into the Neurological Basis of Autism by Studying How the Brain Coordinates Movement
(Baltimore, MD) - In the first neuroimaging study to examine motor execution in children with autism, researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute have uncovered important new insight into the neurological basis of autism. The study, published online in the journal Brain's April 23 Brain Advanced Access, compared the brain activity of children with high functioning autism and their typically developing peers while performing a simple motor task-tapping their fingers in sequence.
Kennedy Krieger and Johns Hopkins Researchers Examine the Brain Basis of Motor Control, Imitation and Social Function Deficits
(Baltimore, MD) - Researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have collaborated to uncover important new insights into the neurological basis of autism. Their new study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, examined patterns of movement as children with autism and typically developing children learned to control a novel tool. The findings suggest that children with autism appear to learn new actions differently than do typically developing children.
Baltimore/Washington Area One of Three Regions Nationwide Where Research Will Be Conducted
The Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, along with other leading autism research centers, are partnering to participate in one of the largest research studies of its kind to investigate early risk factors for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The network, called the Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation (EARLI), will follow a cohort of up to 1,200 pregnant women who already have a child with autism.
Kennedy Krieger Institute One of Fifteen Sites Nationwide
New York, NY - Autism Speaks, the nation's leading autism advocacy organization, today announced its Autism Treatment Network (ATN) would triple in size, expanding from five sites to fifteen sites across the United States and Canada. The ATN is a group of hospitals and medical centers dedicated to improving medical care for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and to standardizing the care those individuals receive.
$50,000 provides funding for materials and technology
Baltimore, Md. Kennedy Krieger Institute's Montgomery County School was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation to help provide critically needed educational services to middle- and high-school-aged students with autism spectrum disorders.
Ad Council Endorses Public Service Campaign for First National Autism Registry
(Baltimore, MD) Kennedy Krieger Institute announced today the launch of a new, national public service campaign to promote the Interactive Autism Network (known as the IAN Project), a web initiative funded by Autism Speaks. The campaign, which educates viewers on how the IAN Project is accelerating the pace of autism research by encouraging parents of children with autism to enroll, received a prestigious national endorsement from the Ad Council, a distinction awarded to independently produced public service announcements (PSAs).
(Baltimore, MD) Initial data from the Kennedy Krieger Institute's Interactive Autism Network (IAN), the first U.S. autism registry, will be presented at the 7th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research 2008 (IMFAR) in London, UK on May 15-17.