National Survey Will Measure How Bullying Impacts Children with Autism

October 17, 2011
Interactive Autism Network asks families to report on bullying experiences of children with ASD

(Baltimore, MD) -- Today, the Interactive Autism Network (IAN Project) launches a national survey to study the impact of bullying on children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Bullying, a pervasive problem among youth, has attracted the national spotlight in recent months because of the lasting, and sometimes tragic, effects on children and teenagers across the country.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Prominently Featured in Today Show Series and Newsweek Article

February 23, 2005

NBC Today Show Series on Autism:

Kennedy Krieger Institute autism programs, research, families and experts were featured on the Today Show series, Autism: The Hidden Epidemic? Originally aired at 8:10 and 9:10 a.m. the week of February 21-25, the series explored tough questions about autism’s causes as well as the benefits of early detection, early intervention, education and advocacy. The culmination of the series was an interview with Kennedy Krieger President & CEO Dr.

Why Do Children With Autism Wander and Bolt From Safe Places?

March 30, 2011
Interactive Autism Network launches first-ever national survey to study critical safety issue in autism community

(Baltimore, MD) -- Today, the Interactive Autism Network (IAN), with support from leading autism advocacy groups, launches the first major survey to study the experience of wandering and elopement, or escaping, among individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The tendency of individuals with ASD to wander or “bolt” puts them at risk of trauma, injury or even death, yet information on this critical safety issue is lacking.

ROAR for Autism

Apr 29 2012 - 7:00am - 7:00pm

ROAR for Autism is a bike ride, nature walk, and family fun festival dedicated to raising funds for autism research and programs at Kennedy Krieger Institute. This journey through the scenic neighborhoods of Baltimore County, including walking trails at Oregon Ridge Parks in Cockeysville, is geared towards families and riders of all ages and experience levels. The event also offers fun family festivities, entertainment, and refreshments.

Experts to Discuss Latest Advancements in Intervention and Treatment Strategies Across the Lifespan of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

October 5, 2011
Kennedy Krieger Institute to Host 11th Annual Autism Conference for Parents, Professionals, and Policy Makers

BALTIMORE, MD -- Distinguished researchers, clinicians, and medical professionals will gather on October 20th and 21st to share recent findings and information on autism, a complex, life-altering, developmental disorder affecting 1 in every 110 children. This two-day conference, hosted by Kennedy Krieger Institute will provide a comprehensive view of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including evidence-based early intervention approaches and strategies.

New Findings Validate the Accuracy of Autism Diagnosis in Children with Down Syndrome

October 4, 2011
Study shows DSM criteria can be used to identify autism in children with Down syndrome.

October 4, 2011 (Baltimore, MD) -- New findings from a 16-year study confirm that the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the gold-standard for the classification of mental health conditions, can be used to accurately identify autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children with Down syndrome, according to research from Kennedy Krieger Institute.

The Evolution of Kevin Sargeant

July 8, 2011
High school’s work-based learning program provided more than just an education—it offered a future he never imagined possible.

Kevin SargeantGiven a choice, Kevin Sargeant says he could do without all of the independence and opportunities that adulthood promises. But adulthood, it seems, is coming for him nonetheless.

Getting an Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis: Where do I go from here?

Jun 27 2011 - 9:30am - 11:00am

A FREE Introductory Training for Parents
Cathy Groschan, LCSW-C, Clinical Social Worker, leads this discussion and takes your questions about getting a diagnosis, finding services, the education system and more! Register online

Shooting Star

Kennedy Krieger High School student with autism secures dream internship with NASA

Abby ReznekThere's just something about the solar system that fascinates me. It started when I was about five years old. I couldn't get enough of books and computer programs about planets, moons, and stars. I was even interested in model rockets because, in life-size form, they created a path to the great Milky Way.

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.

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