Program Spotlights

Anne Hoffman • January 01, 2008
Project HEAL blends health care and advocacy.

Life has dealt 14-year-old Jeffrey a particularly challenging hand. Jeffrey, who lives with his parents and sibling in a low-income neighborhood in South Baltimore, has bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, anxiety, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders

Daniel Valentine • December 13, 2006
A family's generosity helps advance care for hundreds of children and adults with spina bifida.
The Keelty Family

Less than 24 hours after he was born, Philip Keelty had his first major surgery an operation to repair the hole in his spinal column that defines his birth disorder, spina bifida.

Before Philip turned four, doctors installed a shunt to carry cerebral fluid from his brain to his spine and performed corrective surgery to allow him to walk with only a slight limp. 

Staff Editor • September 27, 2006
Father's Memoir of His Daughters Courageous Journey
Hillary with Maureen van Stone

At nine years old, Hillary Reston developed a dangerous energy her father describes as "positively thermonuclear." If they turned their back on her for an instant, her parents often found Hillary perched on top of kitchen cabinets, swallowing staples and tacks, smashing glass tables and throwing knives.

Allison Eatough • September 18, 2006
Specialized Transition Program Paves the Way for Recovery and Independence
Ritchie Jacob

Riding a bicycle comes as second nature to most 15-year-old boys. But for Richie Jacob, it was a major milestone. Three months earlier, Richie couldn't walk. He could barely talk. Doctors gave him a 50 percent chance of survival.

Courtney McGrath • December 02, 2005
Students find sense of belonging in Young Marines unit for kids with special needs.
Young Marines at Kennedy Krieger High School

Adolescence isn't easy it's a tough road filled with all sorts of risky possibilities, from school failure and conflict with parents to more dangerous threats like involvement in drugs and gangs. For teens with developmental disabilities, the path to adulthood can be even more difficult, with a greater chance of picking up destructive habits or falling in with the wrong crowd.

Tania Edgehill Baker • November 17, 2005
The Family Center's Clinical Initiatives Help Children Recover from Trauma
Healing from Trauma

Each year, more than 900,000 children in the United States experience physical or sexual abuse, community or domestic violence, neglect or abandonment. Many of these traumatic incidents occur within the caregiving system that is supposed to protect children. 

Susan Shaffer • November 11, 2005
Multi-Sensory Environment Helps Children with Autism Reach Therapeutic and Educational Goals
Ian Wright with Therapist Kathryn Wolfe

Imagine a room filled with soothing music, where swirls of color dance around the walls, rich scents fill the air and chairs vibrate in time with the music you've chosen. Welcome to the multi-sensory environment (MSE), a room that heightens sensory experience and awareness, induces relaxation, relieves anxiety and promotes interaction and learning. Appealing to just about anyone, the rooms can actually play a part in the therapy of individuals with disabilities including autism, Alzheimer's disease, brain injury, cognitive challenges, severe pain and even high blood pressure.

Courtney McGrath • September 02, 2005
Outreach Program Helps Latino Community Locate Early Intervention Services

Realizing that a toddler may have a developmental delay could throw any family into turmoil. The questions seem endless: Where should you go for help? Will she learn to speak? Will he need special equipment to walk? What about school? Imagine how much more wrenching this process can become for immigrant families, who may already be grappling with issues such as language barriers, cultural confusion, job security and citizenship.

Courtney McGrath • December 03, 2004
Family Center to Use $1.6 Million Grant to Improve Care of Traumatized Children
Dr. Harolyn Belcher with Staff Member

Each year, more than 900,000 American children experience some type of trauma physical or sexual abuse, community violence, family crises. For nearly two decades, Kennedy Krieger's Family Center has helped children in the Baltimore area recover from abuse, neglect, out-of-home placement and other traumatic events. 

Courtney McGrath • November 05, 2004
Each Year, Hundreds of Professionals Come to Kennedy Krieger for Invaluable Training
Professional Training at Kennedy Krieger

When today's Kennedy Krieger Institute first opened its doors in 1967, its leaders were expected to continue and improve the state-of-the-art treatment services already available to children with cerebral palsy at the Children's Rehabilitation Institute, the original facility that became Kennedy Krieger, and to extend those services to children with a variety of other neurodevelopmental disorders.