Kennedy Krieger Institute (MD UCEDD) Is Featured in the Media

October 8, 2012

Kennedy Krieger Institute's 3rd Annual Camp S.O.A.R.

The Baltimore Sun reported on the Kennedy Krieger Institute's third annual Camp S.O.A.R., or Sibling Outdoor Adventure Retreat, this summer.

About half of the 39 campers are its young patients, who deal daily with physical and mental challenges. The other campers are their siblings. The counselors, about 60 volunteers, most of them on staff at the institute, organize activities, campfire gatherings and games all while attending to the needs of children with traumatic brain injuries, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome and paralysis. The camp is not only about fun and games. It was designed to "strengthen the bond between sibs as they learn to accept each other's differences, limitations and strengths," said Elise Babbitt Welker, the institute's director of communications.

Interview for Today Health

Telling the difference between a normal, antsy 4-year-old and one who is hyperactive to the point where it affects his or her ability to learn has become trickier as attention deficit disorders have become more common, according to recent research. "ADHD has a biological basis that often makes it a lifelong condition. We want to catch ADHD early because it has such a profound effect on learning and academic development," says Dr. Mark Mahone, director of neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore.

In an interview for Today Health (link here), Mahone outlined 10 behaviors that should cause parents to have their children evaluated for ADHD.