August 2011 TelAbility/WATCH Newsletter
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The Wake Area 
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Helping Children with Special Needs

Aug 5th, 2011


FREE TelAbility/WATCH Multipoint Training:
A Comprehensive Approach to Neuromuscular Disorders in Children
Please see complete article to the right for details

Aug 5th, 2011

4th Annual Autism Awareness Night with the Durham Bulls
The Bulls host the Lehigh Valley IronPigs at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.  The Autism Society of North Carolina will share information and participate in activities designed to educate fans about autism.  To order through ASNC call (919) 865-5063 or order online through the Bulls website.
Select Autism Society of NC special tickets and $3.00 from each ticket will be donated back to the organization. 

Aug 6th, 2011


TDSN Golf Clinic for Children 

Lonnie Poole Golf Course at the NC State Centennial Campus has invited TDSN to attend a golf clinic for children ages 8 and up.  Parents are expected to attend with their children, and there are only spots available for 16 children.


Please RSVP to Nick Dillman at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course by calling (919) 833-3338 or


Aug 9th, 2011


Coming Together Monthly Meeting at Project Enlightenment

Aug 9th, 2011


TDSN's Mom's Night Out  

in Durham 

At Nantucket Grill in Durham.  Please RSVP to the TDSN office at (919) 803-0515 or by email at so that reservations can be made.  The restaurant is located at 5826 Fayetteville Rd., Durham, NC 27713

Aug 10th, 2011


Coffee Connection

sponsored by the Family Support Network of Wake County. 

The 2nd Wednesday of every month at Starbucks, 3800 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh.  You are welcome to come for all or part of the time. 

Aug 10th, 2011


Newly Diagnosed (Autism) Workshop 

The diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder can be overwhelming.  This session will provide free information about resources and services available to you, and how to advocate for your child.

Location:  505 Oberlin Road, Suite 230, Raleigh

Please contact Nancy LaCross or Tali Denton at 919-865-5093 

Aug 11th, 2011


Open Workshop

Learning Theory:  Basic Teaching Principles 

This interactive training for Case Managers, direct care staff and caregivers will enhance skills for understanding autism and developing effective behavioral strategies.



State Office Conference Room - 505 Oberlin Rd., Suite 230, Raleigh



Leica Anzaldo, Training Manager


Please visit

Autism Society of NC's Website

for more information.

Aug 13th, 2011

Autism Awareness Night with the Burlington Royals
The Royals will host a 5K run/walk at their stadium in the morning, and the Autism Awareness Night baseball game begins at 7:00pm.  Please call (919) 865-5063 for more information.

Aug 16th, 2011


Forum on the new School Tax Credit for Children with Disabilities
Advocacy groups are hosting a forum on the school Tax Credit for Children with Disabilities. Participants will have the opportunity to hear about the new tax credit, get information on private school options, and ask questions of a panel of school and disability advocates about the new law.  
Where: Legislative Auditorium in the North Carolina Legislative Building (16 West Jones Street, Raleigh NC, 3rd floor) 

August 19th, 2011


FREE TelAbility/WATCH Multipoint Training:
Attachment Issues in Young Children
Please see complete article to the right for details

Aug 20th, 2011


TDSN New Member Social 

This is a semiannual meeting for ner parents, newly relocated families and others who have recently affiliated with the Triangle Down Syndrome Network.  "Veteran" parents - please come welcome the new families in to the group and share your experience and knowledge of resources in the area.
4415 Pleasant Grove Church Road, Raleigh
Childcare will be provided.  Please RSVP to (919) 803-0515 or email (New Member Social in the subject line) with the number of children and their ages so that we can provide adequate caregivers. 
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TelAbility/WATCH Upcoming Free Multipoint Trainings...  AUGUST

A Comprehensive Approach to Neuromuscular Disorders in Children 

Aug 5th, 2011, 1:00-2:30pm, presented by Dr. Joshua Alexander.   

 Dr. Alexander will discuss causes and potential treatments, as well as medical and therapy interventions for children who experience low tone related to lower motor neuron disorders such as muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, myopathies and more.
Following are the host locations:
Smart Start - 4901 Waters Edge Dr, Ste 101, Raleigh **THIS IS A  NEW ADDRESS FOR SMART START**
Tammy Lynn Center - 739 Chappell Dr., Raleigh
Raleigh CDSA - 319 Chapanoke Road, Raleigh
Wilmington CDSA - 311 Burnt Mill Road, Wilmington
Abilitations - 11030 Raven Ridge Road, Raleigh  
TelAbility Office in Chapel Hill - 1101 Weaver Dairy Rd, Ste 202, Chapel Hill


This presentation is open to both professionals and parents. If you are interested in attending this session at one of our host sites, please email  and include your host site preference.


Attachment Issues in Young Children  

August 19th, 2011 1-2:30pm 
Presented by:  Lisa Allred-Draper, LCSW, from Triangle Family Services.
A complete outline of this workshop is not available yet.  Stay tuned to the listserv for details. 
Articles of Interest...

New Study Also Implicates Environmental Factors in Autism 

By Laurie Tarkan, Published July 4th, 2011 for the New York Times   

 A new study of twins suggests that environmental factors, including conditions in the womb, may be at least as important as genes in causing autism.

Researchers did not say which environmental influences might be at work, but other experts said the new study from Stanford University, "Genetic Heritability and Shared Environmental Factors Among Twin Pairs with Autism", marked an important shift in thinking about the causes of autism, which is now thought to affect at least 1 percent of the population of the developed world.

To read the entire article, please click here.

Neurotransmitters:  How Brain Cells Use Chemicals to Communicate 

May 2011, Brain Briefings, published by the Society for Neuroscience.

Whether it is learning a new fact or deciding which way to move, tasks executed by our brains rely on the smooth and efficient release of neurotransmitters, chemicals that send messages from one brain cell to another.  Research has unlocked the molecular and cellular mysteries of this complex process - discoveries that one day may help treat some of the most severe and deadly diseases of the brain.

Every millisecond of every day, a remarkable string of events occurs in the brain:  billions of brain cells called neurons transmit signals to each other.  And they do it at trillions of junctions called synapses.  It is an extremely fast and efficient process - one central to everything the brain does, including learning, memorizing, planning, reasoning, and enabling movement.

When even one part of the process breaks down, the results can be devastating.  Many brain disorders and nervous system diseases, including autism, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, and even botulinum poisoning, have been linked to problems at the synapse.

To read the full issue online, please click here.
Parent Resources...

The listings below are intended for informational purposes only.  TelAbility does not endorse any agency or organization.


Carolina Mobility & Seating

Specializing in pediatric mobility and seating.  Carolina Mobility and Seating serves Eastern and Central North Carolina.  They supply manual and power wheelchairs, positioning strollers, seating and positioning systems, standing aids, walking aids, bath and toiletry, and many other items.  

They are also a certified repair center with professionally trained technicians and an extensive parts inventory. 


Level Four Pediatric Cranial Designs

A full service orthotic and prosthetic clinic, literally treating children from head to toe; including use of the Starscanner for cranial remolding orthoses.  For more information, please visit their website at


SmartEd Services

TAP*it technology

SmartEd works with schools providing classroom technology designed to provide accessibility to all students.  TAP*it allows for a stimulating learning environment using multiple senses no matter the ability level of the student.  Please click here for more information about this remarkable technology.


Social Skills Resources for Parents and Teachers

brought to you through Project Enlightenment

For a comprehensive list of resources available, please click here, or visit Project Enlightenment's website.


Shining Stars Pediatric Therapy Services

Move to Learn Program

Move to Learn is a drop off program instructed by a licensed Occupational Therapist and is a language based group for children between the ages of 2 and 4.  Focusing on the principles of sensory integration, each themed session will address motor, language, sensory, cognitive, social and emotional skills through music, movement, and hands on activities.  For compete details and dates, please click here.


Capitol City Speech Therapy

Mom's Morning Out

Need to get some grocery shopping done?  Capitol City Speech Therapy is here to help!

Capitol City Speech Therapy will be offering a Mom's Morning Out on Fridays from 9:00 - 11:00.  Bring your kids between the ages of 18 months and five years to our office on 141 Main Street, Fuquay Varina ready for two hours of crafts, story times, games and tons of fun.  Be sure to pack any diapers or a change of clothes that your child may need.  A charge of $20.00 per child will be accepted upon arrival with discounts available for multiple children ($15.00 for the second child, $10.00 for the third child, etc). 

Space is limited to eight children per Friday so please call ahead for reservations!

For more information, please click here.  


Exceptional Children's Assistance Center  

ECAC is a private non-profit parent organization committed to improving the lives and education of ALL children through a special emphasis on children with disabilities.


Parent Education Programs include:

The NC Parent Training and Information (PTI)

The NC Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC)

The NC Family-to-Family Health Information Center (HIC)

NC State Improvement Project

Behavior and Reading Improvement Center (BRIC)

Bridging the Gap

For more information, please visit ECAC's website at the link above.

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1101 Weaver Dairy Road, Suite 202

Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Checks can be made out to the UNC Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  Include "TelAbility" in the memo line.

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