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Catapulting Science through Technology

Dr. Jonathan PevsnerThe complex workings of living creatures have fascinated thinkers for centuries. In the fourth century B.C., Aristotle observed hundreds of species, dissecting dozens, in the hopes of classifying them logically.

Going for the Gold: How Colbie Found Herself Through Kennedy Krieger's Physically Challenged Sports Program

Colbie BratlieColbie Bratlie wants to be a world champion. And the odds are good that she will be because she competes in wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, track, field, archery, table tennis, and swimming. The athletic 14- year-old already seems Herculean for her stamina and determination, but when you add in that she has cerebral palsy, it truly does make her accomplishments seem superhuman.

One Child with Autism: Why A One-Size-Fits-All Approach Doesn't Work in Autism Education

A Day at the Aquarium

Justin with His Sister"Mom, Lauren pinched me," Justin calls back to his mother. He and his little sister, Lauren, are walking arm in arm through Baltimore's Inner Harbor on their way to the National Aquarium. Just over a year ago, this trip might not have been possible. Justin has autism, and he had a hard time doing anything outside of his established routine.

The Evolution of Kevin Sargeant

July 8, 2011
High school’s work-based learning program provided more than just an education—it offered a future he never imagined possible.

Kevin SargeantGiven a choice, Kevin Sargeant says he could do without all of the independence and opportunities that adulthood promises. But adulthood, it seems, is coming for him nonetheless.

Therapy to a Tee

July 8, 2011
Constraint-induced and Bimanual Therapy Program incorporates golf to help one patient on his path to rehabilitation.

Taylor Wilkerson works with golf pro Kelly Tomlinson to improve his swingFrom the beginning, and without hesitation, Katherine Wilkerson always offered her unwavering support of anything her son Taylor wanted to do. The thing is, though, until the age of 9, there was never much of anything the boy was too interested in trying.

On Her Own Two Legs

July 8, 2011
When an uncanny twist of circumstances left Morgan Dunnigan paralyzed, doctors predicted her condition was permanent. With Kennedy Krieger’s help she proved them wrong.

Morgan DunniganLaying in a hospital bed on a Sunday night, Morgan Dunnigan believed her parents and physician when they said she would wake up the next morning for a surgery that promised to make the pain in her neck disappear, make the tumor hurting her spine go away, make everything better.

They couldn’t have been more wrong.

Budding Friendships

Social Skills Program Helps Children With Autism

Budding FriendshipsWeekday mornings are always a struggle in the Smith household. Like most preteens, Joseph likes to sleep. The 12-year-old is slow to start and has trouble shifting gears -especially before breakfast. Constant prompting from his mom Kathleen keeps him on track, and eventually, he gets himself bathed, dressed, fed, and out the door to school.

Never Say Never: Kennedy Krieger Gives Hope, Not Limits, to a Family from Nebraska

Never Say NeverIt was spring of 2007, and the town of Hastings, Nebraska, was looking forward to summer. Memorial Day weekend had come and gone, and Kirk and Jami Ortegren had just watched their son Jack crawl for the first time.

Girl Interrupted: The Long Road to Recovery After A Brain Injury

Girl InterruptedA faded piece of paper taped to her bathroom mirror lists the things that 20-year-old Amy Dykes needs to do each morning: take her medicine, brush her hair, wash her face, brush her teeth, apply her makeup. Today that piece of paper is seldom used, but just two years ago, it was a map that helped guide Amy through each morning.

A Family's Journey

Meredith
Purvis
Kennedy Krieger's new Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders helps mother and son live with muscular dystrophy

A Mother’s Story

Collin and His Mom Lilleen with Dr. Kathryn Wagner

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