Institute Updates & Clinical News -- Spring 2010

New State-of-the-Art Aquatic Therapy Program

Staffed by therapists certified in advanced aquatic techniques, Kennedy Krieger's innovative new Aquatic Therapy Program features two state-of-the-art pools that provide a range of warm water temperatures and therapeutic treatment options. Other features include built-in treadmills for retraining and observing gait patterns, video systems for monitoring therapy activities, multiple jets used for resistance, and floors that operate on lifts to allow barrier free entry and exit for easy access by patients in wheelchairs. The water allows patients to escape the limitations of gravity and do more than they can on land, which helps them more quickly achieve their therapeutic goals.

Aquatic therapy is used for most diagnoses at Kennedy Krieger but is primarily used for muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, developmental/neurological disorders, brain injury, and spinal cord injuries.

For more information, please call (443) 923-9403 or email findaspecialist@kennedykrieger.org.

Institute Launches Albright Center

Kennedy Krieger welcomes Dr. Emily Germain-Lee, an internationally recognized expert in the research and care for Albright hereditary osteodystrophy (AHO), as we launch the Albright Clinic. The clinic is dedicated to the management and treatment of patients of all ages with AHO (pseudohypoparathyroidism type 1a and pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism), McCune-Albright syndrome, and pseudohypoparathyroidism type 1b.

The clinic provides comprehensive medical evaluation, clinical care, genetic testing, and easy access to Kennedy Krieger's interdisciplinary team of specialists. Some of Dr. Germain-Lee's most recent research revealed growth hormone deficiency to be common in AHO and led to the definition of an important component of treatment; namely, growth hormone replacement, which has significant effects on the patients' growth and well-being.

For more information on the Albright Clinic, call our Physician Assistance Line at (443) 923-9403 or visit albright.kennedykrieger.org.

Unique Pediatric Sleep Clinic and Lab Now Open

The Sleep Clinic at Kennedy Krieger offers interdisciplinary evaluations, medical management, and behavioral recommendations for children with sleep problems, that include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep
  • Unusual sleep or wake schedules
  • Disruptive sleep schedule
  • Snoring

Our innovative Sleep Lab can provide further study and evaluation services, including overnight polysomnogram (PSG) -- a recording made during sleep to evaluate sleep disorders, as well as the following:

  • Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) -- This is a nap study used to determine how quickly the child will fall asleep in quiet situations during the day.
  • Overnight EEG with Video Monitoring -- While this test is offered to children with and without disabilities, the lab specializes in evaluating children with communication and behavioral issues.

To learn more or make a referral, please call our Physicians Assistance Group at (443) 923-9403.

Fitness Camp for Children with Special Needs

For children with special needs, finding ways to participate in summer fun can be difficult. Now, with two day camps tailored specifically to their needs, Fairmount Rehabilitation Programs at Kennedy Krieger Institute is making sure those children don't have to be stuck at home.

Healthy Lifestyles Therapy Camp allows children with physical disabilities to enjoy activities like yoga, basketball, aquatics, and strengthening exercises. By the end of the session, and with the support of experts who understand their needs and challenges, each child will develop a personal fitness plan to follow in his or her community, even after camp is finished.

For children with hemiplegia who can benefit from constraint-induced therapy, our Constraint-Induced and Bimanual Therapy Camp offers small group settings to help children improve their hand skills in a fun, camp-like atmosphere. In some cases, camp fees may be covered by insurance.

For more information about the camps, call the Nurse Clinical Care Manager at (443) 923-4587.