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Healthy Lifestyles Therapy Program

Kennedy Krieger Institute • 1750 East Fairmount Ave. • Baltimore, Maryland 21231


Joan Carney, Ed. D.

About Our Program:

It is important that children with special needs get the exercise they need to help them build and improve strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, cardiovascular health and even boost their overall well-being and confidence. The Healthy Lifestyles Therapy Program is designed to help children and adolescents with physical impairments explore their exercise options (e.g., aquatics, yoga and adapted sports), begin an exercise program designed by an experienced therapy team, and continue their regimen at home or in community gyms.

Healthy Lifestyles was created for children and adolescents ages 4-21, with chronic impairments caused by a variety of conditions that affect physical abilities, such as:

  • Cerebral palsy or other developmental disabilities
  • Acquired brain injury or other neurological disorders
  • Spinal cord injury or dysfunction
  • Chronic pain

Programs are staffed by any combination of the following, working as an interdisciplinary team:

  • Pediatric rehabilitation physicians
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Nurses

The Healthy Lifestyles treatment approach is offered in a variety of models including individual outpatient therapies and intensive, month-long, group programs in a summer camp atmosphere. Periodically, we offer group lessons in 10- to 12-week sessions.

Our Success:

Our program has a proven record of success, with 100 percent of families surveyed indicating that the program addressed the needs they identified for their child.

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (443) 923-4587, or toll-free at (888) 554-2080.

TTY (For speech or hearing impaired): (443) 923-2645

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