Pervasive developmental Disorders

Autism: New Study Discovers Statistically Significant Link Between Abnormally Low Cholesterol Levels And Autism Spectrum Disorders

September 5, 2006
Finding Leads Kennedy Krieger Researchers Down New Road in Autism Research

(Baltimore, MD) - Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) will be diagnosed in more children this year than AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined, yet researchers and physicians can identify medical causes in only 10 percent of cases. But, a study published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B (Neuropsychiatric Genetics) found that a small subgroup of children with ASD have abnormally low cholesterol levels (hypocholesterolemia), leading researchers to believe cholesterol may play a role in the cause of some cases of the disorder.

Autism Speaks Makes First Major Funding Commitment, Supporting the Development of an Unprecedented National Autism Database

January 17, 2006
Initial $2.26 Million Award Funds Project That Will Serve as a Unique Resource For Families and Researchers

(New York, New York) -- Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness about the growing autism health crisis and raising funds for critical autism research, today announced that its board of directors has voted to fund a program for the development of a national autism database. Kennedy Krieger Institute, one of the nation's leading treatment centers for autism and other developmental disorders, will develop the open, interactive database.

School Program for Children with Autism Starts New Year With Capacity Enrollment and a New Multi-Sensory' Room

September 16, 2004
$25,000 Verizon Foundation Grant Enables School to Offer New Feature to Further Promote Learning

BALTIMORE - With a growing demand for special education services for children with autism, Kennedy Krieger Institute's LEAP Program (Lifeskills and Education for Students With Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders) has begun the new school year with a waiting list and capacity enrollment of 55 students. Kennedy Krieger's LEAP Program is one of the few in Maryland dedicated solely to educating this specific population.

Educating Parents, Professionals About the Earliest Signs of Autism

March 1, 2004
Kennedy Krieger celebrates Autism Awareness Month with a Play Date' at its Center for Autism and Related Disorders

Baltimore - Recent research at Kennedy Krieger reveals that autism can be diagnosed in children as young as 6 months of age, when interventions have the most successful outcomes. Educating pediatricians, developmental practitioners and parents about the earliest signs of autism, and getting children screened as early as possible, is key to improving outcomes.

NIH Funds New National Center for Study of Autism

May 14, 2003
Kennedy Krieger Institute one of eight comprehensive research centers in country

Baltimore - Kennedy Krieger Institute was awarded today a five-year, $7.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to start up a national center devoted to autism research, focusing on neurobiologic origins of autism, as well as early detection and intervention.

New Data Show Half Of All Children With Autism Wander And Bolt From Safe Places

April 20, 2011
Interactive Autism Network releases findings on critical safety issue, launches new research survey on pregnancy

(Baltimore, MD) – Today, the Interactive Autism Network (IAN),, the nation’s largest online autism research project, reveals the preliminary results of the first major survey on wandering and elopement among individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and announces the launch of a new research survey on the association between pregnancy factors and ASD.

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