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Speech Emerges In Children On The Autism Spectrum With Severe Language Delay At Greater Rate Than Previously Thought

March 4, 2013
Study by Kennedy Krieger’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders reveals key predictors of speech gains

BALTIMORE, Md. -- New findings published in Pediatrics (Epub ahead of print) by the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders reveal that 70 percent of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who have a history of severe language delay, achieved phrase or fluent speech by age eight.

Project HEAL At Kennedy Krieger Institute Wins National Hospital Charitable Services Award

February 18, 2013
Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Project HEAL program has been named a 2012 Program of Excellence as part of the Hospital Charitable Service Awards.

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Kennedy Krieger Institute's Project HEAL program has been named a 2012 Program of Excellence as part of the Hospital Charitable Service Awards, a national program sponsored by Jackson Healthcare which recognizes programs demonstrating sustainable community impact.

Project HEAL was one of ten selected from a national pool of 191 nominees. Award recipients were announced at a banquet in Atlanta on February 13, 2013 and received $10,000 to continue their service in their community.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Announces First-Of-Its-Kind Special Education Fellowship

February 18, 2013
Former Maryland superintendent, Dr. Nancy Grasmick, joins Kennedy Krieger as Director of Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Kennedy Krieger Institute announces a new fellowship program designed to empower leaders in special education to develop effective teaching practices, learning methods, curricula and educational policies to optimize learning for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Maryland Center For Developmental Disabilities At Kennedy Krieger Offers Free Informational Trainings On The Eastern Shore For Parents Of Children With Disabilities

February 15, 2013
Free informational training sessions are being offered on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to parents of children with special needs.

BALTIMORE, Md. -- This year, the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute will host several free informational training sessions on the Eastern Shore for parents of children with special needs. Sessions will cover topics concerning early childhood and school-aged children and are focused on parent advocacy and inclusion of children with developmental disabilities. Also, every family who attends will receive one $35 child care stipend.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Elects Six New Members to Board of Directors

January 28, 2013
Judy Woodruff, Anthony Rosso, James Pitts, Dr. Ken Schuberth, Ed Walker and Mary Ann Scully all join Institute’s Board

BALTIMORE, Md. -- This year, Kennedy Krieger Institute has elected six new members to its Board of Directors.  These members join more than 35 Baltimore-area community and business leaders who guide Kennedy Krieger in serving children with special needs. The new members are:

Judy Woodruff

Broadcast Journalist, PBS NewsHour

New Study Finds Bullying Causes Significant Short-Term Emotional And Physical Consequences For Children With Autism

January 10, 2013
Study by Kennedy Krieger’s Interactive Autism Network finds children with autism and psychiatric comorbidities are at especially high risk of being bullied

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Nearly 70 percent of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) experience emotional trauma as a result of being bullied, according to findings published today in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, while a significant portion were concerned for their own safety at school. The study also found that children with ASD who presented with pre-existing psychiatric diagnoses were at incr

Ravens Host International Center for Spinal Cord Injury Patients at Training Camp

July 27, 2009
The Baltimore Ravens welcomed International Center for Spinal Cord Injury Patients at Training Camp.

(Baltimore, MD) - International Center for Spinal Cord Injury patients were hosted at the 2009 Ravens Training Camp. 

ISCI Patient Mike Scott with Kelly Greg
ISCSI Patient Mike Scott with Kelly Washington and Todd Heap
(Kelly Washington, Dr. McDonald, Mike Scott, Pat Rummerfield, Todd Heap)

Kennedy Krieger Partners with Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to Create Wallet-Sized Autonomic Dysreflexia Cards

December 28, 2011
New wallet-sized informational cards help caregivers and first responders to address signs and symptoms of Autonomic Dysreflexia, a potentially dangerous condition for persons with a spinal cord injury.

(Baltimore, MD) — The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation's Paralysis Resource Center has created wallet-sized Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD) cards, available to the public free of charge. These cards have been produced in collaboration with medical personnel at the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute to educate and empower individuals living with paralysis, as well as their caregivers and medical professionals.

“Parenting a Child with Autism: What Should I Do In a Crisis?” Six Tips to Prepare for a Mental Health Crisis in Children on the Autism Spectrum

December 3, 2012
Kennedy Krieger expert advises parents on how to plan ahead

For some children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the core symptoms of impaired communication, social skills and repetitive behaviors are just the beginning of the challenges that they face. An ASD diagnosis also brings an increased likelihood of receiving a secondary mental health diagnosis, such as depression, anxiety and psychotic disorders, many of which manifest in severe behaviors that can quickly escalate to a crisis situation for a child and their family.

Children With Autism Arrive At Emergency Room In Times Of Psychiatric Crisis Nine Times More Than Peers

December 3, 2012
Kennedy Krieger researchers find families with private insurance more likely to use emergency department for urgent mental health care

BALTIMORE, Md. -- In the first study to compare mental health-related emergency department (ED) visits between children with and without autism spectrum disorders (ASD), researchers found that ED visits are nine times more likely to be for psychiatric reasons if a child has an ASD diagnosis.

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