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President's Message

Gary W. Goldstein, MDBy this time of year, college students have received results on class exams, and those who until now had kept up with their peers despite undetected learning disabilities are having serious difficulties. It's a scenario that plays out more than you think and Kennedy Krieger's College Clinic, a division of the Center for Development and Learning, was developed with these students in mind.

Letter From Our President

Gary W. Goldstein, MDWhen someone you love lives through a horrific accident, the first impulse is to rejoice in their survival. But often, the immediate aftermath of an accident is just the first step in a long, sometimes arduous journey to recovery. Some elements of their "previous" life may return, but others are often changed irrevocably. That's been the case for the Frost family.

News Briefs

Center for Autism and Related Disorders Hosts Annual Conference

Over 200 doctors, parents, psychologists, speech-language pathologists and other professionals attended an October conference sponsored by Kennedy Krieger's Center for Autism and Related Disorders. Designed to foster understanding of the early stages of autism spectrum disorders, the conference focused on exploring the neuropsychology of autism, the importance of early detection and current early intervention strategies.

Winning The Weight Loss Battle

Strict Diet and Discipline Helps Teen Lose More Than 200 lbs.

Ashley Melvin had a blast this summer swimming at camp, walking her dog in her Eastern Shore hometown, celebrating her Sweet Sixteen at a bowling alley.

What a difference a year makes. In August 2002, paramedics rushed to Ashley's house when she fell and her frightened grandparents realized they couldn't help her get up. At 397 lbs, Ashley was dangerously overweight. The teen depended on oxygen 24 hours a day and her feet had swollen so large she could not wear shoes.

President's Message

Gary W. Goldstein, MDIn June, Kennedy Krieger Institute's Career and Technology Center graduated its largest class of students yet 17 young men and women, who despite enormous personal challenges, are looking forward to bright futures ahead. Several of these students will go on to further their educations; the majority of the others will enter a tight job market armed with a competitive advantage: industry recognized certifications.

Crossing Culture Lines

Outreach Program Helps Latino Community Locate Early Intervention Services

Realizing that a toddler may have a developmental delay could throw any family into turmoil. The questions seem endless: Where should you go for help? Will she learn to speak? Will he need special equipment to walk? What about school? Imagine how much more wrenching this process can become for immigrant families, who may already be grappling with issues such as language barriers, cultural confusion, job security and citizenship.

Research Frontiers: Mind Block

Study Probes Whether Drug Can Ease Neurological Decline Tied to Rett syndrome

Dr. SakkuBai NaiduSince the late Dr. Andreas Rett first identified the syndrome that bears his name more than 50 years ago, doctors have learned to treat the seizures, reflux and other symptoms of the disorder but they have not yet learned to alleviate the neurological impairment it causes. Researchers at Kennedy Krieger will begin a new drug trial this summer that represents an important step toward achieving that goal.

Hope for Hillary

Father's Memoir of His Daughters Courageous Journey

Hillary with Maureen van StoneAt nine years old, Hillary Reston developed a dangerous energy her father describes as "positively thermonuclear." If they turned their back on her for an instant, her parents often found Hillary perched on top of kitchen cabinets, swallowing staples and tacks, smashing glass tables and throwing knives.

Protecting Fragile Innocence

Intensive inpatient program helps children and families dealing with severe behavioral problems

Brandon CalvertThe moment someone becomes a parent, he or she accepts the tremendous responsibility of doing everything possible to ensure their child's health, happiness and ability to thrive to create a safe place where they can learn and grow in peace, enjoying the simple innocence of childhood.

The Will to Walk

Spinal cord injury: innovative therapies lead to remarkable results

Loretta McRaeAs she typed the words into the Internet search engine, Loretta McRae knew it was a long shot. In the months since the 15-year-old struck her head on an ocean sandbar in Australia, sustaining a C6 level spinal cord injury, virtually every expert said she'd already gotten her miracle. She was alive, she could wiggle her toes, she was regaining sensation in her limbs.

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