Institute Publications

Sense-ational Success

Susan
Shaffer
Multi-Sensory Environment Helps Children with Autism Reach Therapeutic and Educational Goals

Ian Wright with Therapist Kathryn WolfeImagine a room filled with soothing music, where swirls of color dance around the walls, rich scents fill the air and chairs vibrate in time with the music you've chosen. Welcome to the multi-sensory environment (MSE), a room that heightens sensory experience and awareness, induces relaxation, relieves anxiety and promotes interaction and learning.

Halting A Genetic Threat

Meredith
Purvis
Hugo Moser's widow Ann leads ALD screening efforts in newborns.

Jose Casso Drinking Lorenzo's OilRamón and Maritza Casso loved their first born son, Juan, with all of their hearts. Like many parents they wanted far more for him than they wanted for themselves. And when their second son, José, arrived seven years later, they felt the same way.

Extraordinary Man, Extraordinary Mission

Meredith
Purvis
Late neuroscientist Hugo Moser dedicated his life to battling some of the world's most perplexing disorders.

Hugo W. Moser, MDIt has been said that a truly extraordinary man is a man who thinks himself completely ordinary. Hugo W. Moser was such a man. A scientist, mentor, advocate, father, husband, friend, he is surrounded by an acclaim that bears the weight of work well done, personal passion, and a nobility of purpose.

On the Spectrum: One Family's Autism Journey

Allison
Eatough

The Maloni BoysDominic Maloni could not have been a better baby. He was quiet and easy going. In his first year of life, he met all of the usual milestones sitting up, speaking his first words, walking.

The Power of A Positive Atmosphere

Allison
Eatough

Jimmy HolmesHe smiles when his mother cuddles with him, laughs when his sister tickles him, and loves when his father sings to him. As long as he's around other people, that toothy grin and hearty giggle will make an appearance.

To some, Jimmy's happiness may seem surprising. He has faced numerous medical challenges in his short life. But to his mother, Sue Ellen, his enduring smile is proof that no parent should ever take no for an answer.

A Grateful Gift

Daniel
Valentine
A family's generosity helps advance care for hundreds of children and adults with spina bifida

The Keelty FamilyLess than 24 hours after he was born, Philip Keelty had his first major surgery an operation to repair the hole in his spinal column that defines his birth disorder, spina bifida.

Racing to Victory

Courtney
McGrath
Teenager Joins Elite Athletes from Across the Globe at Athens Paralympics

Racing to VictoryFor those who wonder if childhood adversity really can inspire remarkable achievements, look no further than Tatyana McFadden. Born with spina bifida, a neural tube defect that prevents the spinal column from closing completely, Tatyana spent the first six years of her life in a Russian orphanage.

Reading Between the Lines

Courtney
McGrath
In a First-of-Its-Kind Study, Researchers Will Learn Why So Many Adolescent Students Struggle to Read and How to Effectively Intervene.

The Importance of Effective Reading SkillsMost adults cannot recall exactly how they learned to read, or even remember a time when they couldn't. Reading is so integral to our lives that most of us take it for granted. It's fundamental to a quality education, essential to our jobs and an escape from mundane day-to-day rituals into worlds of adventure, glamour and intrigue.

Signs of a Syndrome

Allison
Foreman
Kennedy Krieger Center Focuses on Improving Identification of Rare Sturge-Weber Syndrome

Kyle Watson with His Mom ColleenThe day Colleen Watson delivered her son Kyle was one of the happiest days of her life.

Helping Hands

Courtney
McGrath
Innovative Program Encourages Children to Develop Their Weaker Limbs

When you first look at Brianna Robinson, you might not realize that she has cerebral palsy. She does a lot of the same things most other 2 1/2-year-old girls do: she walks and runs, plays with dolls and eagerly reaches for favorite treats. But look closer and you notice that while Brianna enjoys a lot of the same games and activities as other kids her age, she tends to do them with just one hand. The type of cerebral palsy Brianna has causes hemiplegia, in which one side of the body is weaker and less coordinated than the other.

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