New Children's Book Teaches"Typical Kids" How to Befriend Children with Autism

February 26, 2009

BALTIMORE, MD - More than ever before, children with autism are being included in classrooms with "typical" children. The increased incidence of the disorder and tightening budgets suggest that nearly every typically-developing school age child will spend time in a classroom, lunchroom, or on a playground alongside a child with autism. Unfortunately, most children will be unprepared and unsure how to engage their new peers.

Nation's Largest Online Autism Research Initiative Launches Research Survey for Grandparents of Children With Autism

October 5, 2009
Interactive Autism Network invites grandparents to share valuable experiences

Baltimore, MD-Since its launch in 2007, the Interactive Autism Network (IAN),, has helped to accelerate the pace of autism research by gathering valuable information online from individuals on the autism spectrum and their parents.

An Autism Diagnosis: Coping, Acceptance & Time are Key to Moving Forward

September 10, 2009
Advice from an expert at Kennedy Krieger

After a child is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), many parents feel overwhelmed and experience high levels of stress. While this is a very challenging time, there are steps parents can take to accept the diagnosis and move forward. Parents typically want to spring into action to help their child, but taking time for themselves has long term benefits for the entire family.

Kennedy Krieger Researchers Share Findings on Autism, Behavioral Disorders, and Newborn Stroke at PAS Annual Meeting

May 4, 2009

(Baltimore, Md) - Research presented by Kennedy Krieger Institute experts at the 2009 Pediatric Academic Societies' (PAS) Annual Meeting beginning May 2nd in Baltimore, Maryland offers important insights into autism spectrum disorder diagnostic guidelines, prescription drug trends for preschoolers with developmental and behavioral disorders, and the neurologic impact of newborn stroke.

Findings to be presented by Kennedy Krieger researchers at the PAS Annual Meeting include:

New Study Reveals Handwriting is Real Problem for Children With Autism

November 9, 2009
Kennedy Krieger Researchers Suggest Improvements Are Possible by Targeting Letter Formation, Fine Motor Control Training

(Baltimore, MD) - Handwriting skills are crucial for success in school, communication, and building children's self-esteem. The first study to examine handwriting quality in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has uncovered a relationship between fine motor control and poor quality of handwriting in children with ASD, according to research published in the November 10, 2009, issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

First Neuroimaging Study Examining Motor Execution in Children With Autism Reveals Brain Activation Differences, Decreased Connectivity Between Brain Regions

April 28, 2009
Kennedy Krieger Researchers Uncover New Insight into the Neurological Basis of Autism by Studying How the Brain Coordinates Movement

(Baltimore, MD) - In the first neuroimaging study to examine motor execution in children with autism, researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute have uncovered important new insight into the neurological basis of autism. The study, published online in the journal Brain's April 23 Brain Advanced Access, compared the brain activity of children with high functioning autism and their typically developing peers while performing a simple motor task-tapping their fingers in sequence.

New Study Pinpoints Difference in the Way Children With Autism Learn New Behaviors

July 6, 2009
Kennedy Krieger and Johns Hopkins Researchers Examine the Brain Basis of Motor Control, Imitation and Social Function Deficits

(Baltimore, MD) - Researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have collaborated to uncover important new insights into the neurological basis of autism. Their new study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, examined patterns of movement as children with autism and typically developing children learned to control a novel tool. The findings suggest that children with autism appear to learn new actions differently than do typically developing children.

NIH Autism Center of Excellence Network Announces Launch of Most Comprehensive Study of Earliest Possible Causes of Autism

June 9, 2009
Baltimore/Washington Area One of Three Regions Nationwide Where Research Will Be Conducted

The Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, along with other leading autism research centers, are partnering to participate in one of the largest research studies of its kind to investigate early risk factors for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The network, called the Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation (EARLI), will follow a cohort of up to 1,200 pregnant women who already have a child with autism.

New Survey Finds Grandparents Play Key Role in Lives of Children With Autism

April 6, 2010
Interactive Autism Network survey gives grandparents a voice in autism research community

(Baltimore, MD) - Today, the Interactive Autism Network (IAN),, the nation's largest online autism research project, announces results of the Grandparents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Survey, finding that nearly one-third of grandparents who participated were the first to raise concerns about their grandchild's development.

Autism Speaks Announces Major Expansion Of Autism Treatment Network

December 12, 2007
Kennedy Krieger Institute One of Fifteen Sites Nationwide

New York, NY - Autism Speaks, the nation's leading autism advocacy organization, today announced its Autism Treatment Network (ATN) would triple in size, expanding from five sites to fifteen sites across the United States and Canada. The ATN is a group of hospitals and medical centers dedicated to improving medical care for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and to standardizing the care those individuals receive.

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