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Festival of Trees: Walk Into A Winter Wonderland

October 30, 2012
Let the holiday season commence with Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival of Trees

(Baltimore, MD) – Santa Claus is coming to Baltimore to kick off the most wonderful time of the year at Kennedy Krieger Institute’s annual fundraiser, Festival of Trees. The largest holiday-themed festival on the East Coast, Festival of Trees will feature decorated trees galore, endless children’s activities and non-stop entertainment from Friday, November 23 to Sunday, November 25.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Announces New Training Initiative to Prepare Psychologists to Meet Special Needs of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

November 12, 2012
Internship program will be first-of-its-kind in the U.S.

(Baltimore, MD)- Kennedy Krieger Institute announces a new training initiative and expansion of their psychology internship program, designed to provide future psychologists with unique training that will improve the availability and quality of mental health services for children with hearing loss or deafness.

Distinct developmental PATTERNS identified in children with autism During their first three years

October 30, 2012
Kennedy Krieger researchers find a preclinical phase in children with autism that is not easily detected

BALTIMORE, Md. (October 30, 2012) – In the largest prospective study to date of children with early and later manifestation of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) compared to children without ASD, researchers found two distinct patterns of language, social and motor development in the children with ASD. Published in the journal Child Development, the study found that early in development, children who display early signs of ASD show greater initial delay across multiple aspects of development compared to children whose ASD symptoms emerge later.

Nearly Half Of Children With Autism Wander Or “Bolt” From Safe Places

October 8, 2012
Study by Kennedy Krieger’s Interactive Autism Network finds children with autism are four times more likely to wander than their unaffected siblings

(Baltimore, MD) – A new study published today in the journal Pediatrics (Epub ahead of print) found that nearly half of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are reported to wander or “bolt,” and more than half of these children go missing.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Collaborates On Groundbreaking International Initiative To Advance Autism Research

September 24, 2012
Autism Brain Imaging Data Exchange (ABIDE) Represents Unprecedented Progress in Autism Research Community

Kennedy Krieger Institute and NYU Langone Medical Center announced today the creation of a new groundbreaking collaboration in autism research. The Autism Brain Imaging Data Exchange (ABIDE) is a database of brain scans from more than 15 leading international research institutions and academic medical centers. ABIDE was designed to advance scientific understanding of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by allowing researchers to share autism data within the broader scientific community. The collaboration is led by NYU Langone and Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Kennedy Krieger Physician to Help Develop Clinical Guidelines for Children with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

September 14, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) appointed Dr. Stacy Suskauer, Director of Brain Injury Rehabilitation Programs at Kennedy Krieger Institute, to a work group developing clinical diagnosis and management guidelines for acute mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) among children and teens.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Partners with Groupon Grassroots for Fundraising Initiative

September 3, 2012
Life Through Motion campaign to provide wellness center memberships to individuals with disabilities

Baltimore, Md.  Kennedy Krieger Institute and Group Grassroots (, the philanthropic arm of Groupon, announce the launch of a local campaign to raise funds to support patients who cannot afford wellness center memberships. 

Experts To Discuss The Latest Advancements In Intervention And Treatment Of Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders

August 8, 2012
Kennedy Krieger Institute to Host 12th Annual Autism Conference for Parents, Professionals, and Policy Makers

BALTIMORE, MD Distinguished researchers, clinicians and medical professionals will gather on October 25th and 26th to share recent findings and information on autism, a complex, life-altering, developmental disorder affecting 1 in every 88 children. This two-day conference, hosted by Kennedy Krieger Institute, will provide a comprehensive view of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including red flags for autism in the first three years of life and evidence-based intervention approaches and strategies.

Runners And Walkers Join Together For Kids With Down Syndrome

September 13, 2012
26th annual BWI Run/Walk to benefit Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Down Syndrome Clinic

(Baltimore, MD) – Lace up your sneakers and race to the finish line with Northrop Grumman and Kennedy Krieger Institute on Sunday, September 30th for the 26th Annual BWI Run/Walk. Northrop Grumman and Kennedy Krieger Institute will once again partner together to host the annual event, which raises money for Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Down Syndrome Clinic. The family-friendly event welcomes runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to participate in the four-mile run and two-mile family walk.

Research Discussion with ADHD Expert Dr. Stewart Mostofsky

July 2, 2012
Topic: Study finds brain neurotransmitter may be key in ADHD

Dr. Stewart MostofskyChildren diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have significantly lower concentrations of the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain compared with typically developing children.

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