Spring is a time for growth and maturity. With love, patience and ample nurturing, children with special needs can fulfill their possibility. At Kennedy Krieger Institute, the seeds for success are planted all year around, so that children may bloom into self-assured, self-loving individuals. In this issue of Touch, we profile children who are triumphing over their physical, social, developmental and economic limitations with support from their parents, community agencies and Kennedy Krieger professionals.
In our cover story, children at risk for substance abuse are given a head start in life to prevent them from making unwise choices and to help them blossom into healthy and successful adults. In our Success Story, we introduce you to a 19-year-old woman with a history of seizures, chronic headaches, developmental delay and motor dysfunction. With a passion for horseback riding, she has set her sights on Olympic gold.
Our second feature story reveals the discoveries being made in the area of ADHD. A Kennedy Krieger scientist is getting to the core of why children with the condition have difficulty controlling their impulses and paying attention. In our profile on the Institute's Pediatric Psychology Program, we share the story of a little boy with autism who has faced and overcome his fears of an unfamiliar medical procedure, one step at a time.
In addition to our features, we highlight the unique work of Kennedy Krieger Researcher Michèle M. M. Mazzocco, Ph.D., in our Research Frontiers section. Dr. Mazzocco is put to the test as she uncovers the brain basis of math learning disability.
This issue of Touch brings you stories of children who are on the path to accomplishing all they can. I hope our articles serve as inspiration to you.
Gary W. Goldstein, M.D.
President and CEO