Potential Online

Hope for Hillary

Father's Memoir of His Daughters Courageous Journey

Hillary with Maureen van StoneAt nine years old, Hillary Reston developed a dangerous energy her father describes as "positively thermonuclear." If they turned their back on her for an instant, her parents often found Hillary perched on top of kitchen cabinets, swallowing staples and tacks, smashing glass tables and throwing knives.

Protecting Fragile Innocence

Courtney
Jolley
Intensive inpatient program helps children and families dealing with severe behavioral problems

Brandon CalvertThe moment someone becomes a parent, he or she accepts the tremendous responsibility of doing everything possible to ensure their child's health, happiness and ability to thrive to create a safe place where they can learn and grow in peace, enjoying the simple innocence of childhood.

The Will to Walk

Courtney
Jolley
Spinal cord injury: innovative therapies lead to remarkable results

Loretta McRaeAs she typed the words into the Internet search engine, Loretta McRae knew it was a long shot. In the months since the 15-year-old struck her head on an ocean sandbar in Australia, sustaining a C6 level spinal cord injury, virtually every expert said she'd already gotten her miracle. She was alive, she could wiggle her toes, she was regaining sensation in her limbs.

Building Stronger Bones

Courtney
Jolley
Osteogenesis Imperfecta Clinic extends services to children with a variety of conditions

Logan Insley with Dr. ShapiroLoss of bone density is a concern commonly associated with the elderly, for whom a simple stumble can easily result in a painful, debilitating fracture. But a variety of other conditions can make low bone density a lifetime challenge, one best addressed as early as possible.

Never Say Never

Elise
Babbitt
Determined Young Woman Refuses to Let Cerebral Palsy Conquer Her Dreams

Liza Patchel and Her MomLiza Patchel has grown used to being told of the many things she will never do. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy as an infant, doctors said she would never speak or walk. When she enrolled in public school, administrators said she would never play for their sports teams. Even as she studied her way to good grades, "experts" told Liza that she would never go to college.

Letter from our President

Gary W. Goldstein, MDParents of children with autism, intellectual disabilities and other developmental disabilities face a host of challenges in providing their children with the best life possible. In some cases, simply keeping their children safe is a constant battle.

Ask the Expert

We want to hear from you! If you have a question about a pediatric developmental disorder, send it to us via email at asktheexpert@kennedykrieger.org. Touch editors will direct your questions to the Kennedy Krieger clinicians who specialize in those fields. Questions not printed in the magazine will be answered personally.

Duty, Honor, Country: Students Find Sense of Belonging in Young Marines Unit for Kids with Special Needs

Courtney
McGrath

Young Marines at Kennedy Krieger High SchoolAdolescence isn't easy it's a tough road filled with all sorts of risky possibilities, from school failure and conflict with parents to more dangerous threats like involvement in drugs and gangs.

News Briefs

Brightside Program provides mentors for children with Down syndrome

While inclusion efforts have helped many children and adolescents with developmental disabilities participate in educational and community settings, some still feel socially isolated from their nondisabled peers. Kennedy Krieger's Brightside Program was developed to build self-esteem and foster relationships among children and adolescents with Down syndrome by creating opportunities for them to learn from young adults with the disorder.

Treating ADHD

Kennedy Krieger's Center for Development and Learning Helps Children with ADHD Lead Fuller Lives

Kerrel Williams with Pediatric Nurse PractitionerEach year, Kennedy Krieger Institute's Center for Development and Learning evaluates and treats several thousand children with ADHD. The evaluation includes a detailed medical, developmental and behavioral history of the child.

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