Feature Stories

Meredith Purvis • January 01, 2008
Piecing Together the Autism Education Puzzle

Families whose children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder typically have a wide range of reactions: sadness, fear, and, for some, relief at having a name for their child's challenges.

Meredith Purvis • January 01, 2008
Children at Play

It's a gorgeous day in late summer, and there's a crowd at the local putt-putt golf course. The sounds of waterfalls and laughter float on the breeze. At the sixth hole, a group of kids gather around their friend as he squares up and aims to sink a hole in one. With a sharp tap, the ball sails down the green, around a corner and under a windmill. The kids, cheering for their friend, could be here for a school trip or just an afternoon of fun, but they're actually from Kennedy Krieger. They're here for a therapeutic program that helps children with developmental disabilities learn to transition from the hospital to community life.

Allison Eatough • November 13, 2007
One family's autism journey
The Maloni Boys

Dominic 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.

At 13 months, he could organize his toy cars in a line from smallest to largest. He could even figure out a puzzle designed for a four-year-old in just two minutes. Still, he wouldn't look his mother in the eye or turn around when his parents called his name. "On one hand, we wondered, Is he a genius?'" remembers Jennifer Maloni, Dominic's mother. "On the other hand, he was too little to be purposely ignoring us."

Meredith Purvis • October 23, 2007
Hugo Moser's widow Ann leads ALD screening efforts in newborns
Jose Casso Drinking Lorenzo's Oil

Ramón 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. 

Meredith Purvis • October 01, 2007
Late neuroscientist Hugo Moser dedicated his life to battling some of the world's most perplexing disorders
Hugo W. Moser, MD

It has been said that a truly extraordinary man is a man who thinks himself completely ordinary. Hugo W. Moser was such a man. A scientist, mentor, advocate, father, husband, friend, he is surrounded by an acclaim that bears the weight of work well done, personal passion, and a nobility of purpose. Moser achieved great things, working not for fame or personal gain; rather, he was a man on a crusade, fighting to ease the pain of his patients and bringing hope to families and individuals living in despair. The adversaries he faced were far from symbolic: skeptics, critics, lack of funding, even the brevity of his own life.

Martie Callaghan • December 11, 2006
Protecting Our Children From a Sly Intruder
Media Invasion!

Today's parents have a mind-boggling array of movies, video games, CDs, and MP3s to sift through to keep abreast of their children's vast entertainment options. 

Courtney Jolley • September 25, 2006
Intensive inpatient program helps children and families dealing with severe behavioral problems
Brandon Calvert

The 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...

Courtney Jolley • September 20, 2006
Spinal cord injury: innovative therapies lead to remarkable results
Loretta McRae

As 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. But she would probably need to use a wheelchair for the rest of her life.

That answer wasn't good enough for Loretta, an athlete who was scheduled to compete in a swim meet the day after her accident.

Courtney Jolley • September 15, 2006
Osteogenesis Imperfecta Clinic extends services to children with a variety of conditions
Logan Insley with Dr. Shapiro

Loss 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.

Allison Eatough • February 01, 2006
Assistive Technology Clinic Enhances Communication for Those in Need
Maggie Piet

Most 18-year-old girls love to talk. Maggie Piet is no exception. She just uses modern technology to do so.

Maggie lost her ability to speak four years ago when she suffered a traumatic brain injury during a serious car accident. After four months in a coma, Maggie began rehabilitation at Kennedy Krieger Institute. It was a slow process, but through intense occupational, speech, and physical therapy, she began to smile, nod, and point again. Still, she could not speak.