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19th Annual Festival of Trees

The 19th annual Kennedy Krieger Institute Festival of Trees was held November 28-30 in the Cow Palace at the Maryland St ate Fairgrounds in Timonium. This three-day event is an exciting holiday-themed festival held annually to raise funds for the research, treatment, education, and community programs at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. This year, Festival of Trees' over 38,000 attendees helped raise more than $890,000 to support the important work of the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Cameron's Story

As 6-year-old Cameron Mott sings and dances her way around her family's North Carolina living room, it's obvious she has some serious star power. But things weren't always this way. At age three she started having seizures and was diagnosed with cortical dysplasia, an abnormality in the development of the cerebral cortex.

"She was having six to 10 seizures a day," says her dad, Casey. The seizures robbed Cameron's family of their little girl. Every morning she was clear and bright, but then the first seizure would hit. Cameron would lose consciousness and fall to the floor.

Special Care for Special Kids: Inclusive Child Care Training Program

Special Care for Special KidsFor years, child care providers throughout the State of Maryland have been asking for help. They want to learn how to better care for children with special needs in their programs. Many are unfamiliar with certain pediatric disabilities and are often afraid they will be unable to meet their needs.

Bringing It All Home

Bringing It All HomeHaving a child with special needs often makes parents feel as though they are spending their lives driving from one specialist to another, trapped in waiting rooms, and filling out forms. It was no different for John and Amy Thompson. Their son Jake was diagnosed with Rasmussen's syndrome, a brain disorder that causes seizures.

Laura's Story

When Jeffery and Rebekah Fish found out that they were going to have a baby, they were understandably thrilled.

"Even before she was born, we sang to the baby," says Jeffery. "We named her ahead of time." They had big dreams for Laura, but they also wanted that most basic of things: a happy, healthy baby girl. That was not to be.

Research Frontiers: The Study of Epigenetics

Martie
Callaghan

Are your genes turned on?

When scientists began The Human Genome Project in the early 1990s, their hope was to discover and interpret the entire blueprint for life, to decode not only how the human body is put together, but also to find the genetic cause and cure for every disease. Imagine their surprise when they discovered not the anticipated 100,000 genes, but rather 20,000 genes making up the human genome-about the same as that of fish and mice, and less than many plants!

Letter From Our President

Gary W. Goldstein, MDAt the Kennedy Krieger Institute, we believe that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating children with developmental disorders.

Research Frontiers: Back in Stride -- Innovative Treadmill Study Helps Restore Walk Patterns

Martie
Callaghan

Motion Analysis LaboratoryYou're waiting at the airport for your best friend to arrive. It's been several years since you last saw each other. A figure emerges from the throng of travelers, and as he walks quickly toward you, you recognize your friend right away by his long, loping stride. The way he walks, or his gait, is a very complex characteristic that, like a fingerprint, is unique to every person.

Letter From Our President

Gary W. Goldstein, MDThe understanding and treatment of developmental disabilities have come a long way over the past century. As we reflect on the last 70 years since the founding of the Kennedy Krieger Institute, the past is not always bright, but there are people and moments that stand out as beacons of progress. President John F.

No Hablo Inglés: Helping Spanish-Speaking Families with Special Needs

Primeros PasosBuenos días. Gracias por llamar al Kennedy Krieger Institute. ¿Cómo le puedo ayudar?

If the line of text above is confusing, imagine living in a world where every word, every conversation is a mystery. Imagine needing services but not being able to access them because you don't speak the language.

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