December 2010 TelAbility/WATCH Newsletter
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The Wake Area 
Telehealth Collaborative
Helping Children with Special Needs

Dec 1st, 2010



Orange County Public Library. 

Open to all who want to find out more about autism and the Autism Society of NC.

For more information, please contact Shiela

Knapp, Parent Advocate (919) 865-5092 or

For more information on this and other Parent Workshops, please click here:
Parent Workshops

Dec 4th, 2010

1-4 pm

The Family Support Network of Wake County and the Good will Community Foundation are sponsoring this event for children with special needs and their families

Dec 6th, 2010

22nd Annual
Leo M. Croghan
Conference on Developmental Disabilities
The conference will feature information for parents and professionals concerned with the care and development  of young children.
Please click here for more information.

Dec14, 2010


LICC Montly Meeting
at Project Enlightenment
Join us at our monthly meeting to stay connected with other professionals and parents interested in issues pertaining to Early Intervention and the children and familes it serves.  Visit the LICC webpage to find out more.
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December 2010
As the Holiday Season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and appreciating the service of our ever expanding community.
Because the goodwill of those we serve is the foundation of TelAbility/WATCH, we say Thank You as we wish you blessings of peace, happiness and good health in the New Year.

Whatever is beautiful.  Whatever is meaningful.  whatever brings you happiness.  May it be yours this holiday season and throughout the coming year.
2011 Run, Walk & Roll News...

Introducing our RW&R Event Chairs! 





















It is with great excitement that we announce the Event Chairs for the 2011 Run, Walk & Roll!  We are delighted that Kathy and Tom Atkins (Cary, NC) will provide overall leadership and direction for our event this year.  The Atkins' family leads very full and blessed lives and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Run, Walk & Roll.


Tom and Kathy are blessed with 3 children; John Allen, 12, Luke, 8, and Joshua, 3.  John Allen has been a patient of Dr. Alexander's since October, 1998, when he was born at UNC Hospitals. Living with spina bifida, John Allen has received care at UNC for over 12 years.

Tom works in clinical and research project management for GlaxoSmithKline, and Kathy is a statistical programmer for Salix Pharmaceuticals.  Of course, their most important job is at home with the 3 boys and their dog, Daisy.

Tom graduated from UNC-Wilmington but having grown up in Chapel Hill, he returned  to work in administration at UNC Hospitals where he met Kathy, who was finishing school at UNC.  They married in 1993 in Chapel Hill, and moved to Apex in 1995.


As Event Chairs, they will recruit committee members and event volunteers, assist with securing corporate sponsors, help with race day logistics, develop event communication and marketing tools and act as the spokespeople for the event. To join Kathy & Tom in their efforts with the 2011 Run, Walk & Roll please call or email them at (919) 233-4652 or

Agency Profile...

Pediatric Therapy Associates

by Cheryl Stephenson, M.S., CCC-SLP


Pediatric Therapy Associates is a multidisciplinary practice founded over 25 years ago in Raleigh.  Our goal is to provide quality services for infants and children up to 21 years of age.  Services and programs are provided within a fun, playful atmosphere in our offices as well as in homes, schools, and other community sites.  Our offices are conveniently located in Cary, Garner, Wake Forest, and Raleigh.  Pediatric Therapy Associates' primary services include occupational and physical therapy, speech-language pathology, music therapy, and developmental therapy; however, we also enjoy offering a variety of supplementary programs that go beyond traditional therapy. 

Pediatric Therapy Associates' therapists are dedicated to ongoing continuing education and are always striving to attain advanced pediatric skills in specialty areas.  In addition to sending our therapists for workshops and trainings around the country, we frequently offer in-house seminars and other learning opportunities for therapists and families in our practice.     

Our therapists encourage parental input and understand the importance of forming partnerships with the families we serve.  For the past 7 years, we have conducted an annual patient satisfaction survey in order to obtain feedback and make improvements to our services.  We are extremely proud to have received a 99% overall satisfaction rating each year! 


Following are a list of our current program offerings.  For complete details including full description,  meeting times and locations, please click the underlined links:


STOMP!  Making Friends Through Rhythm, Action, and Movement

Raleigh AMBUCS Amtryke Program

Sunshine Yoga for Kids

Fun and Friends Groups in Cary

Switch Adapted Toys Lending Library

PECS Basic Training Workshop

Early Steps Preschool Readiness Class

Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) 

Ballet and Movement Class


Other Supplemental Programs include:


Scholarships offered for Theatre Classes:

Raleigh Little Theatre Youth Education Program offers an "Access Theatre Now" class on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30 for ages 6-13.  This exciting class is for children who are faced with physical, emotional, learning and developmental challenges. Through collaboration with Pediatric Therapy Associates, Raleigh Little Theatre is offering scholarships to those who qualify.  Contact Kathleen Rudolph at 821-4579 ext 225 for more information and please mention Pediatric Therapy Associates when you call.

Literacy Development Therapy and Workshops:

Several of our speech therapists, led by Diane Winner, MS CCC-SLP, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of written language disorders, as well as design and implementation of an effective intervention program.  The therapists work closely with the child's family and teachers to ensure carryover of skills to home and school environments.  Our reading specialists are trained to recognize the types of learning disabilities than often arise in children with a history of speech and language disorders.   Through the use of a primarily Orton-Gillingham based approach, we strive to target the particular difficulties each child is facing to help make them more successful and confident in their development of written language skills.


For more information about these or other services we offer, please call us at (919) 781-4434, or visit our website at


nk7-1Parent Resources...

Triangle Area Hitch-Up


Triangle Area Hitch-Up is a support group for parents/guardians of children who are hearing impaired.

They meet once a month on the first Tuesday of each month from 7-10pm at Providence Baptist Church (6339 Glenwood

Ave., Raleigh, Rooms 215 and 221)

Meetings are an informal gathering of parents who share their experiences an concerns, and answer questions for each other.  Guest Speakers, who are professionals in the field, are invited for presentations on relevant topics.

Childcare is provided by UNC Audiology students at no charge.  Prior notice of childcare need is required.

For more information, please click on the link above.


Making a Stand


Dr. Alexander came across this article describing the use of standers for children with disabilities.  If you are a curious therapist, parent or teacher, click on the link above to read the article by Laura Dobrich, MPT, PCS.


New Groups at Capitol City Speech Therapy


The Movement And Gestures Improve Communication (MAGIC) Group is for all kids 3-5 years of age.  It incorporates a multi-disciplinary approach to enhancing social, emotional & intellectual growth.  The group is run by a developmental Therapist and speech therapy may be added to work with specific children.


The Playtime Developmental Enrighment Group is a play group for all children fro 18 mo=nths to 2 years and 11 months to help prepare them for pre-school.  Each group includes circle time, free play with sensory activity, clean up and snack time.  The group is run by a speech and developmental therapist who will speak with parents after each group to discuss how each child did.


New Groups from Voices Together


New Raleigh Groups for Aspergers / High Functioning Autism 

The Teen Group is opening in Raleigh for ages 14-19 (approximate).  This group is specifically geared toward individuals with Aspergers / High Functioning Autism.  Goals in this group will be to:

1) Increase social interaction skills through conversation
2) Identify, connect, and understand emotions (emotional expression)
3) Offer a safe place to share perspectives, learn from each other and build community
4) Increase leadership skills


The Adult Group is opening in Chapel Hill for adults (ages 18 and up).  This group meets on Thursday at 4:15 and will focus on:

1) Teaching and practicing initiating and answering questions

2) Understanding and expressing thoughts and feelings

3) Listening to others   

4) Creating a community of peers while enjoying the participatory music, songs and drums.

Website Review... 


Launched in 2002, TalkAutism is a communications network providing free and low cost online services for families and professionals dealing with austism. 

TalkAutism provides a value proposition for organizations, governments and companies to provide distance learning, professional outreach, bulletin-board discussions and databased information services to families and professionals.

Giving to TelAbility...

telability logoThis Holiday Seasn, you can recognize a child you serve, or a professional you admire by making a donation to TelAbility/WATCH on their behalf.

Send your gift, along with a few words about the child or professional to:


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.

Thank you!