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Kennedy Krieger's Center for Development and Learning Helps Children with ADHD Lead Fuller Lives
Kerrel Williams with Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Each 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. "We verify concerns with a behavioral checklist completed by parents and the child's school," explains Paul Lipkin, M.D., director of the Center for Development and Learning. 

Kennedy Krieger Researcher Helps Implement Substance Abuse Prevention Programs Targeting Preschoolers in Baltimore
Peggy McNally at Dayspring Early Head Start Center

Every morning, 3-year-old La'Nell Alewine and her 4-year-old sister, Ja'Nell, get dressed and make their way to preschool at the Dayspring Head Start Center in East Baltimore. There, the girls eat a healthy breakfast, play with their classmates and learn about the alphabet, colors and numbers. 

An in utero stroke left Allie without the use of her right arm, but early, targeted therapy is helping her get it back.
An in utero stroke left Allie without the use of her right arm, but early, targeted therapy is helping her get it back.
Animal assisted therapy helped motivate and lift the spirits of animal lover Destiny Fallas during her rehabilitation from transverse myelitis.
When Destiny Fallas came down with a cold last fall, her parents didn’t think much of it at first. But within 24 hours, Destiny lost the ability to talk, swallow, or eat. After being admitted to the hospital, she continued to worsen and became completely paralyzed.
For the Heck family, who have raised over $1 million for Sturge-Weber syndrome research, a medical breakthrough by Kennedy Krieger offers hope for new treatments and possibly a cure in daughter Jenna’s lifetime.
Ida Heck has been waiting for a medical breakthrough in Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS) ever since her daughter Jenna was diagnosed with the disorder as an infant nine years ago. But she soon discovered that because the disorder was so rare—only one person in 20,000 has SWS—there was very little research being conducte
For Sarah and Jason Edwards’ two daughters, Kennedy Krieger exhausted every option to give a definitive diagnosis for one, and help allay concerns about the other.
Sarah Edwards knew something was not right with her daughter Madison when she was only an infant. Madison was a beautiful child, but she was not engaging or babbling, or hitting developmental milestones. “I had a gut feeling something was not right,” recalls Sarah. “When you get that feeling, that maternal instinct…I just knew.”
When Lily was three, her entire family was in a car accident that left her paralyzed and her family shattered. Kennedy Krieger’s Camp SOAR helped them heal again.
A moment of screeching tires and crumpling metal, and Lily Wilkinson’s new life appeared to be etched in stone before she had even entered kindergarten. Her neck broken, Lily was left paralyzed below the waist at the age of three.
A military dad requests and receives a compassionate reassignment to Baltimore so his daughter can once again receive the expert care she needs for her rare genetic disorder at Kennedy Krieger.
With her big bright eyes, auburn curls, and contagious giggle, 5-year-old Megan Miceli is truly one in a million. You could even say she’s one in a billion—Megan has a genetic disorder so rare that only a handful of cases have been reported in the world. Since she was a baby, she has been under the care of neurologists at Kennedy Krieger who, after extensive testing, diagnosed her with gene microdeletion 15q13.3.
Throughout her rehabilitation from paralysis at Kennedy Krieger, the dream of one day riding horses again kept Krystal motivated.
Krystal Greco had been an avid horseback rider since she was a small child. But one afternoon when she was 14, a searing pain in her back changed everything.
Former Kennedy Krieger trainee Dr. Tanjala Gipson now heads up the Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic that gives one-year-old Mason Ditch hope for his future.
Former Kennedy Krieger trainee Dr. Tanjala Gipson now heads up the Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic that gives one-year-old Mason Ditch hope for his future.

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