Feature Stories

Courtney McGrath • November 25, 2004
In a First-of-Its-Kind Study, Researchers Will Learn Why So Many Adolescent Students Struggle to Read and How to Effectively Intervene.
The Importance of Effective Reading Skills

Most adults cannot recall exactly how they learned to read, or even remember a time when they couldn't. Reading is so integral to our lives that most of us take it for granted. It's fundamental to a quality education, essential to our jobs and an escape from mundane day-to-day rituals into worlds of adventure, glamour and intrigue.

Courtney McGrath • November 16, 2004
Teenager Joins Elite Athletes from Across the Globe at Athens Paralympics
Racing to Victory

For those who wonder if childhood adversity really can inspire remarkable achievements, look no further than Tatyana McFadden. 

Courtney McGrath • January 27, 2004
Foster Care Program Becomes Gateway to Adoption for Children with Special Needs
Davona Miller

Jim 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. 

Courtney McGrath • January 13, 2004
Research and Care Programs at Kennedy Krieger Work to Minimize the Damage Caused by Brain Cancer
Nicole Bahen

If 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.

Courtney McGrath • November 17, 2003
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.

Courtney McGrath • November 05, 2003
Researchers at Kennedy Krieger Investigate Whether Energy Therapy Can Benefit Children with Developmental Disabilities

To an outsider, it looks like the small boy is having fun with a baby-sitter. As he moves from toy to toy, his "sitter" follows him, occasionally placing her hands on his arms and legs. She tries to touch his head, but he pushes her hand away. She spends a lot of time pressing lightly on his chest. When he gets tired, she keeps applying light pressure as he becomes more and more relaxed. As the boy starts to nod off, she steps back, ending the session.

Courtney McGrath • November 03, 2003

Kennedy Krieger Scientists Probe How ADHD Affects Girls Differently Than Boys

Elizabeth Heubeck • September 17, 2003
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 Bruce

Across 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. But at the Kennedy Krieger High School Career and Technology Center, students are graduating with real-world job experience and industry recognized certifications that give them a competitive advantage.

Julie Lincoln • September 12, 2003
Boy Undergoes Dramatic Surgery, Therapy to Lengthen Short Limb
Tyler Kiskis

At 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.

Holly Lewis Maddox • September 10, 2003
A Child's Work Is to Play, But Not All Children Know How. Several Programs at Kennedy Krieger Teach Them -- For the Sake of More Than Just Amusement.
Corey Opher, Jr.

The playroom of Kennedy Krieger Institute's Achievements program doesn't look like a typical child's playroom. There are no blocks, books, dolls or trucks lining the shelves or scattered about the floor. In fact, the room seems practically devoid of toys, those things that inspire the imaginations of children but it's not. They're here, stored neatly in clear plastic bins, one to a container, each labeled with a picture and a word describing its contents.