Stories of Potential

Healing from Trauma

Tania Edgehill
The Family Center's Clinical Initiatives Help Children Recover from Trauma

Healing from TraumaEach year, more than 900,000 children in the United States experience physical or sexual abuse, community or domestic violence, neglect or abandonment. Many of these traumatic incidents occur within the caregiving system that is supposed to protect children.

Halting A Genetic Threat

Hugo Moser's widow Ann leads ALD screening efforts in newborns.

Jose Casso Drinking Lorenzo's OilRamón and Maritza Casso loved their first born son, Juan, with all of their hearts. Like many parents they wanted far more for him than they wanted for themselves. And when their second son, José, arrived seven years later, they felt the same way.

On the Spectrum: One Family's Autism Journey


The Maloni BoysDominic Maloni could not have been a better baby. He was quiet and easy going. In his first year of life, he met all of the usual milestones sitting up, speaking his first words, walking.

The Power of A Positive Atmosphere


Jimmy HolmesHe smiles when his mother cuddles with him, laughs when his sister tickles him, and loves when his father sings to him. As long as he's around other people, that toothy grin and hearty giggle will make an appearance.

To some, Jimmy's happiness may seem surprising. He has faced numerous medical challenges in his short life. But to his mother, Sue Ellen, his enduring smile is proof that no parent should ever take no for an answer.

Racing to Victory

Teenager Joins Elite Athletes from Across the Globe at Athens Paralympics

Racing to VictoryFor those who wonder if childhood adversity really can inspire remarkable achievements, look no further than Tatyana McFadden. Born with spina bifida, a neural tube defect that prevents the spinal column from closing completely, Tatyana spent the first six years of her life in a Russian orphanage.

Signs of a Syndrome

Kennedy Krieger Center Focuses on Improving Identification of Rare Sturge-Weber Syndrome

Kyle Watson with His Mom ColleenThe day Colleen Watson delivered her son Kyle was one of the happiest days of her life.

Helping Hands

Innovative Program Encourages Children to Develop Their Weaker Limbs

When you first look at Brianna Robinson, you might not realize that she has cerebral palsy. She does a lot of the same things most other 2 1/2-year-old girls do: she walks and runs, plays with dolls and eagerly reaches for favorite treats. But look closer and you notice that while Brianna enjoys a lot of the same games and activities as other kids her age, she tends to do them with just one hand. The type of cerebral palsy Brianna has causes hemiplegia, in which one side of the body is weaker and less coordinated than the other.

A Family’s Journey: Kennedy Krieger’s new Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders helps mother and son live with muscular dystrophy

June 6, 2011
The combination of Dr. Wagner’s expertise and the Institute’s unique understanding of childhood developmental disabilities will give patients at the Center much-needed access to world class facilities, rehabilitative services, and assistive technology under one roof.

A Mother’s Story

It’s 1976 and flash bulbs pop as eager relatives urge seven-year-old Lilleen Walters to smile for the camera. Feeling fancy in her flower girl dress, she fights to curve her lips into a smile to please the wedding guests, but her muscles won’t obey. Days and months go by, and Lilleen still can’t smile. Doctors believe she is depressed, and recommend counseling and antidepressants. They don’t help.

Erin and Jade's Story

After everything Erin and Jade had been through in their short lives, their parents Melissa and Kevin weren't prepared for yet another hurdle.

Spinal Cord Injury

Erin and Jade sit across from one another in their bedroom, giggling and playing. Dressed in bright pinks and yellows, they look like little mirror images of one another, with one exception. While Jade perches on the bed, Erin sits in a tiny pink wheelchair because she is paralyzed from the chest down.

Graeme's Story

The Frost family saga divides in two parts: before December 3, 2004 and after.

Traumatic Brain Injury

On an early spring morning in 2006, when Bonnie Frost called out to her 11-year-old son Graeme from the kitchen of their Baltimore row home, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" "Car designer!" he replied, barely looking up from Nintendo -- as though it had always been part of the game plan. And this seemed remarkable to her, for just a year prior neither she nor her son could have fathomed such thoughts.

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