Pervasive developmental Disorders

First National Autism Registry Shows Notable Impact On Autism Research in Opening Year

March 31, 2008
IAN Project facilitates opportunities for parents of children with autism and researchers to connect

Read One-Year IAN Anniversary Update
Watch IAN Parent Video - "If I Could Do One Thing"

(Baltimore, MD) On April 2, the Kennedy Krieger Institute will commemorate World Autism Awareness Day and National Autism Awareness Month with the one-year anniversary of the Interactive Autism Network (IAN), the first national autism registry.

New Study Shows Autism-Related Developmental "Red Flags" Identifiable At Age Two In Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

June 1, 2006
Findings Present Window of Opportunity for Detection and Intervention Before Typical Diagnosis at Age Three or Four

(Baltimore, MD) - Early detection of autism is critical for early intervention, yet autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are typically not diagnosed until after three years of age. However, a study published today in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry found differences between typically developing children and those with ASD are detectable by two years of age. Because there are currently no medical diagnostic tests for autism, identifying developmental disruptions in infants and very young children with ASD may allow for earlier detection and critical intervention.

Area Dentist Uses Whiter Smiles to Brighten the Lives of Kennedy Krieger Kids

April 13, 2006
Unique Program Benefits Children with Autism & Local Residents

(BALTIMORE, MD) - Today, the dentistry team at downtown Baltimore's Federal Hill Smiles announced that during the next three months, professional teeth whitening procedures will be generously offered in exchange for patients' personal donations to local and national children's charities.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Expands Autism Education Services into Washington, DC Metropolitan Area

September 18, 2007
Specialty Autism School Opens Today in Montgomery County; Features Individualized Programs, High Staff to Student Ratio, Community and Work-Based Learning

View WUSA-TV report on the new Kennedy Krieger autism school in Montgomery County, Maryland - October 17, 2007

New Study Shows Half of Children With Autism Can Be Accurately Diagnosed at Close to One Year of Age

July 2, 2007
Researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute Recognize Children with Autism Earlier than Ever Before, Paving the Way for Earlier Intervention and Improved Outcomes

View NBC Today Show video on earlier detection and intervention for autism findings with Dr. Rebecca Landa

IAN Update on May 11, 2007

May 11, 2007
One Month After Launch, Interactive Autism Network Reports 13,000 Registered Participants Eager to Accelerate Autism Research

(Baltimore, MD)-The Interactive Autism Network (IAN)-the first national online autism registry spearheaded by the Kennedy Krieger Institute-has registered an unprecedented number of individuals and families living with autism. Never before have researchers been offered access to such a large pool of family-provided data on this puzzling disorder. In only one month, IAN ( has achieved significant milestones:

Kennedy Krieger Institute Launches First National Online Autism Registry

April 2, 2007
The Interactive Autism Network to Accelerate Autism Research by Linking Researchers and Families Nationwide

Kennedy Krieger Institute today announced the launch of the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) - the first national online autism registry - at Parents are filled with questions about autism, and, unfortunately, researchers are still struggling with many of the same questions. IAN brings these two groups together in a way that's never been done before, through an online registry, to find answers.

Kennedy Krieger Experts Featured in National Autism Coverage

February 14, 2005
NBC Today Show and Newsweek to highlight autism
WHEN: Today Show
February 21-25, 2005
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February 21, 2005

Study Discovers Link Between Increased White Matter in the Brain and Poor Motor Skills in Children with Autism

July 30, 2007
Research Conducted at the Kennedy Krieger Institute Examines How Motor Skill Deficits Can Provide Insight into the Brain Basis of Autism

(Baltimore, MD) - A study published in the August issue of the journal Brain demonstrates, for the first time, an association between increased white matter volume and functional impairment in children with autism. Findings from researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Md. reveal that in children with autism, increased white matter volume in the motor region of the brain predicts poorer motor skills.

Leading International Researchers To Share New Information On The Detection And Intervention Of Autism In Infants

September 26, 2005
Kennedy Krieger Institute to Host Autism Conference to Educate Both Parents and Medical Community

(Baltimore, MD) - Internationally-known researchers and clinicians will gather next month in Baltimore to share recent findings on autism, a disorder affecting 1.5 million Americans, in a two-day educational conference hosted by the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

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