Institute Publications

Making the Grade: SHNIC Helps Teachers Learn About Special Needs

Making the GradeBryan's teachers were at a loss for how to help him when he hid under his desk or back in the cubby area and cried. They knew he had been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder; dysgraphia, a learning disability that affects writing abilities; and Asperger syndrome, but they didn't know how to deal with those diagnoses or what the best ways to teach him were.

Piecing together the Autism Education Puzzle

Families whose children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder typically have a wide range of reactions: sadness, fear, and, for some, relief at having a name for their child's challenges. While they all have drastically different experiences, almost all agree on one thing: there aren't enough educational professionals trained to help their children.

Event Spotlight

Four Mile Airport Run and Family Walk Benefits Down Syndrome Clinic

Hundreds of runners and walkers will trek an exciting course on Sunday, Sept. 28, winding around BWI Airport and Northrop Grumman as airplanes drone overhead. Now in its 17th year, the BWI Airport 4 Mile Run and 2 Mile Family Walk, presented by Northrop Grumman, benefits the children of the Kennedy Krieger Institute Down Syndrome Clinic. Top runners qualify to race in the Peachtree Run in Atlanta, and receive pre-paid, seeded entry, round-trip flights and hotel accommodations.

Short Circuits

Tania R.
Edghill
January 31, 2006
Kennedy Krieger Researcher Uses Innovations in MRI Technology to Study the Brain's Structure and Function in Search of the Cause of ADHD

Erin Blitz with Dr. Stewart MostofskyLaurie Blitz began to suspect that something was not quite right with her daughter as early as when she was a toddler. Erin seemed overly hyperactive, moving so much that even simple tasks like changing her diaper became lessons in patience and control. When she was old enough to walk, she would constantly run away, placing herself in danger.

Research Frontiers: Greater Than the Sum

Kennedy Krieger Researcher Studies the Underlying Causes of Math Learning Disability in School-Age Children

Dr. Michele MazzoccoAsk a young child what the toughest subject is in school, and he is likely to say math or reading. While there have been thousands of studies on reading disabilities and, consequently, methods developed for overcoming them there have been far fewer on math dysfunction. Michèle M. M.

Crowning Glory

Therapeutic Horseback Riding Leads Kennedy Krieger Patient to A Golden Opportunity

Erin StrevigOnce a week, 19-year-old Erin Strevig can be found riding horses near her home in Westminster. Born with a rare genetic condition known as Williams syndrome, she has difficulty doing many of the things that typically developing teenagers can do with ease, such as walking and talking.

Flying High on Life

Tania R.
Edghill
Kennedy Krieger Researcher Helps Implement Substance Abuse Prevention Programs Targeting Preschoolers in Baltimore

Peggy McNally at Dayspring Early Head Start CenterEvery morning, 3-year-old La'Nell Alewine and her 4-year-old sister, Ja'Nell, get dressed and make their way to preschool at the Dayspring Head Start Center in East Baltimore. There, the girls eat a healthy breakfast, play with their classmates and learn about the alphabet, colors and numbers.

Finding Their Comfort Zone

Sande
Riesett
Kennedy Krieger's Pediatric Psychology Clinic Helps Calm Children's Fears of Medical Procedures by Teaching Them What to Expect, What to Do, and How to Relax

Sam SpringLast year, 5-year-old Samuel Spring came to Kennedy Krieger Institute for evaluation of autism. The genetic and metabolic tests he was to undergo required giving a blood sample. When the nurse tried to tie the tourniquet around his arm in preparation for the needle stick, Sam began to cry and break away. His behavior made it difficult for the nurse to draw his blood.

The Art of Healing

Courtney
McGrath
Art and Music Therapy Give Kids with Disabilities an Outlet for Their Thoughts and Emotions

Not everyone can create a masterpiece of art or music, poetry or dance a gift like that is all the more special because it is rare. But the process of creating art is a gift unto itself, empowering and life enhancing. For children with disabilities, art can be especially valuable in helping them communicate thoughts and feelings that might otherwise stay locked inside or end up expressed in inappropriate ways.

Research Frontiers: Combatting Cancer

Courtney
McGrath
Researcher Moves One Step Closer to Revolutionizing Treatment of Pediatric Brain Tumors

The past 30 years have seen remarkable improvements in the treatment of childhood cancers. Children diagnosed with leukemia and other diseases once considered death sentences now typically survive at least five years. But brain cancer remains an ominous threat killing nearly 40% of children within five years of diagnosis, and leaving many survivors with permanent cognitive deficits as a result of surgeries and radiation therapies.

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