Healthy Lifestyles Therapy Program

Kennedy Krieger Institute • 1750 East Fairmount Ave. • Baltimore, Maryland 21231


Joan Carney, Ed. D.

About Our Program:

It is important that children with special needs get the exercise they need to help them build and improve strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, cardiovascular health and even boost their overall well-being and confidence. The Healthy Lifestyles Therapy Program is designed to help children and adolescents with physical impairments explore their exercise options (e.g., aquatics, yoga and adapted sports), begin an exercise program designed by an experienced therapy team, and continue their regimen at home or in community gyms.

Healthy Lifestyles was created for children and adolescents ages 4-21, with chronic impairments caused by a variety of conditions that affect physical abilities, such as:

  • Cerebral palsy or other developmental disabilities
  • Acquired brain injury or other neurological disorders
  • Spinal cord injury or dysfunction
  • Chronic pain

Programs are staffed by any combination of the following, working as an interdisciplinary team:

  • Pediatric rehabilitation physicians
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Nurses

Healthy Lifestyles treatment approach offers individual outpatient therapies on an ongoing basis, along with intensive, month-long, group programs in a summer camp atmosphere. Periodically, we hope to offer group lessons in 10- to 12-week periods.

After School Programs:

The Fairmount Rehabilitation Programs are now accepting referrals to our Healthy Lifestyles Afterschool Programs. Our initial program will be a Dynamic Dance Program (please see description below), but we plan to offer additional programs in the future based on interest. Future groups may include ballet, jazz/hip-hop dance, tap dance, yoga, cooking and/or crafts and games. Each group will consist of three to four participants, and will meet for one hour, once per week for 12 weeks at the Fairmount campus. These therapy groups will be led by a physical or occupational therapist and will access insurance benefit for payment.

Dynamic Dance Program: This program will allow students to express themselves through music and dance. Participants will work on increasing flexibility, coordination and endurance through dance activities. Students will learn dance terminology as well as the fundamental skills of each dance form. The program includes instruction in ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap and creative movement.

These programs are appropriate for children and teens who:

  • Have therapeutic goals (i.e., PT, OT) that can be addressed through the program.
  • Can participate in a small group activity with peers without one-on-one assistance.

To refer a child or teen to the Healthy Lifestyles Afterschool Programs, please contact Nurse Clinical Care Manager at (443) 923-4587.

Our Success:

Our program has a proven record of success, with 100 percent of families surveyed indicating that the program addressed the needs they identified for their child.

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (443) 923-4587, or toll-free at (888) 554-2080.

TTY (For speech or hearing impaired): (443) 923-2645

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