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Courtney
McGrath
Foster Care Program Becomes Gateway to Adoption for Children with Special Needs

Davona MillerJim Schuyler had a big decision to make last February. Diane Stegman, one of the Program Coordinators for the Therapeutic Family Care program, wanted to know whether he and his wife, Karen, could manage to care for one more child. That day, caseworkers from the Department of Social Services had removed Dante,* a 2-year-old boy with spina bifida, from a home where his needs could not be met.

Targeting Tumors

Courtney
McGrath
Research and Care Programs at Kennedy Krieger Work to Minimize the Damage Caused by Brain Cancer

Nicole BahenIf you've ever doubted how quickly your life can be turned upside down, just ask the Bahen family. On Monday, Nov. 14, 2000, the Bahens' 5-year-old daughter Nicole joined her friends for her usual afternoon dance class. By Sunday Nov. 20, Nicole lay in intensive care recovering from surgery, unable to speak, roll over or swallow, nearly paralyzed on her right side. Such is the swift devastation of a pediatric brain tumor.

Tender Loving Care

Courtney
McGrath
Daycare Fills Gap in Services for Children with Special Medical Needs

Children at World of CareFor parents of children with special medical needs, returning to the workforce is often a necessity, not an option. They need the income and health benefits a job provides. But finding quality childcare can be nearly impossible.

President's Message

Gary W. Goldstein, MDThe development of language skills is an integral part of a child's ability to forge bonds with others. But between 10 and 30 percent of children develop speech and/or language delays. Left untreated, these delays can compromise a child's social, academic and behavioral skills. But when these delays are identified early and proper interventions are applied, children can make remarkable progress.

News Briefs

Institute receives $99,998 grant to advance lead studies

Researchers at Kennedy Krieger recently received a two-year, $99,998 grant from the Gerber Foundation to explore whether an iron-rich diet can reduce levels of lead in the blood.

Research Frontiers: Unlocking the Fragile X Mystery

Courtney
McGrath
Kennedy Krieger Scientists Explore Syndrome's Effect on Neural Proteins

Kennedy Krieger recently received a major grant from the National Institutes of Health to further investigate Fragile X syndrome, the second most common cause of intellectual disability. The two-year, $300,000 grant will help a team led by Kennedy Krieger's Dr. Walter Kaufmann learn more about how the disorder manifests itself, which could make treating the symptoms of Fragile X easier.

News Briefs

First Training Program in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Located at KKI

Kennedy Krieger has became the first institution in the country to receive approval by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for its training program for physicians specializing in neurodevelopmental disabilities. The category was recognized as a new subspecialty in 1999 by the American Board of Medical Specialties, largely through the efforts of faculty at Kennedy Krieger and Johns Hopkins. The four-year program will serve two trainees per year.

A School of Real World Experiences

Elizabeth
Heubeck
Unique Work-Based Learning program of the Career and Technology Center Results in Graduates Who Are Highly Qualified to Get, Keep Jobs

High School Students Ebony Wilkens and Larry BruceAcross the country, young adults preparing to enter the workforce are feeling the sting of a tight job market. Competition for employment is stiff for the brightest, most talented youth, much less young adults with learning, emotional and neurological problems.

Standing Firmly on Two Feet

Julie
Lincoln
Boy Undergoes Dramatic Surgery, Therapy to Lengthen Short Limb

Tyler KiskisAt 5 years old, Tyler Kiskis is a bundle of energy, a little spark-plug with tossled brown hair and an impish grin who revels in the things that most 5-year-old boys do baseball and soccer, chasing the family Labrador, jumping through a water sprinkler in the front yard of his family's Pasadena home.

Making the Grade

Courtney
McGrath
Kennedy Krieger Clinic Evaluates College-Aged Students with Learning Disorders

As soon as Joshua Fine reached pre-school, his mother Kathleen noticed that he learned differently from his older brother. As he picked up his ABCs and began trying to piece words together, Josh often reversed the order of his letters. This tendency continued as Josh began elementary school, but never reached a crisis point. Although Josh frequently refused to read, his grades stayed adequate. But Kathleen harbored nagging suspicions that her son wasn't reaching his full academic potential.

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