Recent Trainee Clinical & Research Presentations

The following are a few examples of the presentations prepared by trainees at Kennedy Krieger Institute. 

Caring for Children with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Lessons from Multi-Disciplinary Care

In addition to capturing widespread media attention, mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), also referred to as concussion, is an increasingly recognized public health concern. Legislation mandating evaluation of children with concussion prior to return to sports has been passed in a majority of states and the District of Columbia. Sports related mTBI has been estimated to occur in 1.6 million – 3.8 million individuals annually. A review of pediatric mTBI sustained in organized team sports noted that the number of emergency department visits for concussion doubled for children 8 to 13 years old and increased by more than 200% for 14- to 19-year-old athletes over 10 years. As children with developmental disabilities are more likely to sustain a concussion and persistent symptoms after mTBI encompass concerns both cognitive and behavioral in nature, LEND trainees are uniquely prepared for the interdisciplinary management needed to improve outcomes for children with mTBI.

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Bullying of LGBT Youth

In recent years, bullying amongst youth has received significant attention as the deleterious effects have become increasingly apparent. Approximately 20 percent of high school students nationwide endorse experiences of bullying. Rates of bullying and victimization, however, are especially elevated for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth (LGBT). It is imperative that mental health workers and other service providers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute remain up to date on the research regarding the harmful effects of bullying directed towards LGBT youth.

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