Institute Publications

Into the "Real" World

Courtney
McGrath
Student with Autism Prepares for His First Permanent Job

Mani El-MahdiNot long ago, no one would have imagined that Mani El-Mahdi would hold a job or complete a project without someone watching his every move. His behavior was just too unpredictable. Diagnosed with autism, Mani displayed the most severe symptoms of the disorder: he kicked, punched, disappeared in the blink of an eye.

Alcohol Anonymous

Courtney
McGrath

Simmons Girls and Their Mom with DoctorLike all siblings, the six Simmons girls are unique in almost every way. Adopted in early childhood by Betty Simmons of Baltimore and her late husband Gregory, they have their individual interests, temperaments and strengths. But they also share much in common, in particular some serious cognitive, and possibly behavioral, issues that may be the result of prenatal alcohol exposure.

Kennedy Krieger Joins National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Courtney
McGrath
Family Center to Use $1.6 Million Grant to Improve Care of Traumatized Children

Dr. Harolyn Belcher with Staff MemberEach year, more than 900,000 American children experience some type of trauma physical or sexual abuse, community violence, family crises. For nearly two decades, Kennedy Krieger's Family Center has helped children in the Baltimore area recover from abuse, neglect, out-of-home placement and other traumatic events.

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

Courtney
McGrath
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

Courtney
McGrath
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

Courtney
McGrath
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.

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