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

Jan 4th, 2011


The North Carolina Triangle Apraxia Network (NCTAN) Meet and Greet

Wether you have a child with a recent diagnosis of Apraxia, or have been travelling along the journey of Apraxia for a while now, come share your stories.

For more information please click here:
Apraxia Kids

Jan 8th, 2011


Teen to Adulthood Meeting

Millbrook Exchange Community Center. 

Linda Ormdt from Triangle Radio Reading Service will be speaking on how this service will help your child improve literacy skills and stay connected to their community

For more information please click here:
Teen to Adulthood Meeting

Jan 10th, 2011


Autism Training:  Educating the Peer Group

Dorothy Spainhour School, Fayetteville 

The Autism Society of Cumberland County presents this training opportunity, featuring Terry Dutton, MS., Dept of Defense Elementary and Secondary Schools.  This training is free and open to the public.  Please call 919-826-3004 for more information

Jan 10th, 2011


Wake SEPTA Meeting

Panel Discussion with Wake County Special Education Resources


Panel includes: Regional Coordinating Teacher; Regional Behavior Specialist; Regional Autism Support Teacher and Assistive Technology Specialist. Liaison Training (RSVP to Katie Miley is required. Contact Katie at kmiley08@hotmail.com)For more information please click here:
Wake SEPTA Meeting

Jan 11th, 2011


Ready-Set-Go to Kindergarten

Triangle Parenting Support 

Parents will gain information about the following:
Kindergarten readiness markers
Supportive home strategies
Typical school setting expectations
Summer activities that build school confidence

For more information please click here:
Kindergarten Adjustment

Jan 11th, 2011


Coming Together Monthly Meeting

Wake County LICC.   

Held at Project Enlightenment, this monthly meeting is open to parents of children receiving EI services as well as professionals.  Please click on the link below for more information.
Coming Together Monthly Meeting

Jan 12th, 2011


The Coffee Connection

Family Support Network event 

Join Family Support Network of Wake County for coffee, tea, and connections the 2nd Wednesday of every month between the hours of 9:00-11:00am at Starbucks, 3800 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh.  You are welcome to come for part or all of the time.

For more information about Family Support Network of Wake County:  Family Support Network


Jan 14th, 2011



Family Support Network event 

Sibshops give brothers and sisters of children with special needs an opportunity to meet other siblings in a relaxed, recreational setting, and to explore their feelings in creative, light, and fun ways.

To register your child (ages 8-13), please contact Jodi at (919) 662-4600 ext 257

Jan 20th, 2011


Family Fun Night at Marbles Museum

The Arc of Wake County 

An evening of museum adventure for kids 12 and under with special needs and their families.

Family Fun Night

Jan 21st, 2011


Bridging the Gap: Theory & Practical Strategies for Children with Sensory Dysfunction 
This one day seminar held at Wyndham Hotel TRP-RDU Airport in Raleigh, will focus on theories of sensory ingtegration and sensory processing disorders and discuss strategies for their managment.  For information call: 800-397-0180, or click here.

Jan 25th, 2011


Raising a Responsible Child

Triangle Parenting Support 

Parents will gain information about the following:
Tips to teach responsible behavior
Appropriate expectations at different ages
The importance of choices in developing responsibility
Childhood foundations that build a responsible adult
For more information please click here:
Responsibility Workshop

Jan 28th, 2011


TelAbility Multipoint Video Training:   Cerebral Palsy Cord Blood Study
Dr. Kurtzberg, Dr. Sun & Physical Therapist Laura Case from Duke University Children's Hospital will present information on their cutting edge study; using umbilical cord blood in young children with cerebral palsy. 
Host Sites in the Raleigh and Wilmington area will be announced shortly.  For more information, please call Stephanie or Nora at 919-843-0427.  For more information on the study itself, please click here

Feb 2nd, 2011


Breathing, Digestion and Swallowing: Best Practices in Dysphagia Management
This one day seminar held at the Wyndham Hotel RTP-RDU Airport will review the respiratory and gastroesophageal systems and discuss how they affect feeding.  For more information call:  800-397-0180, or click on the following link:  Dysphagia Management

Feb 5th, 2011


Community Partnerships, Inc. 2011 Inclusion Symposium
The Inclusion Symposium is a one day training event that aligns with our vision of creating communities in which all children and youth have equal access to the full range of educational and recreational opportunities available.
STAY TUNED! Registration available in January.  For more information, please click here.

Feb 8th, 2011


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.

Feb 11th, 2011


Insights into Autism Conference
Held at the VIrgina Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center, this conference is designed for pediatricians, Neurologists, psychiatrists, OT, SLP, Art Therapists, Special Education Teachers and other interested allied health professionals.
For more information:

Feb 17th, 2011


Planning for the Future
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January 2011
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!!

We will open the book.  Its pages are blank.  We are going to put words on them ourselves.  The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day. 
~Edith Lovejoy Pierce
Stay Connected...

by Stephanie Hoyer 


We are looking for a few good book reviews...

If you have come across a book or two which you think may be of interest within the professional EI community or of help to parents and caretakers, please send us your review!  We would love to share it in our monthly newsletters.

And, as always, please feel free to submit suggestions, articles, websites of interest, job or event postings you would like to share.  This newsletter is about and for you, the EI community.

2011 Run, Walk & Roll News...


by Leslie Nelson, Event Planner


As plans for the Run, Walk & Roll continue, we are excited to announce the addition of two new volunteers to our leadership team.  Liz Cooke will be coordinating food donations for our event, and Melissa Hayes will be our leader for the Resource Fair.  She will work alongside Val Wilson and Beth Griffin of the Wake County LICC.


We are planning our event kick-off meeting and will announce a date in the very near future.  In the interim, if you would like more information on the 2011 Run, Walk & Roll please contact Event Chairs Tom and Kathy Atkins at 919-233-4652 / tomandkathy93@nc.rr.com, or Event Planner Leslie Nelson at 919-259-2399 / lnelson@thenelsongroupnc.com.


Thank you for your support!

Agency Profile...

CPI LogoCommunity Partnerships, Inc.


by Nicole Smith, Director of Communications & Donor Relations


Community Partnerships, Inc. is a private, nonprofit agency that creates opportunities for people of all ages with disabilities or social and economic disadvantages to pursue their dreams and engage fully in community life.

 The Early Intervention program at Community Partnerships offers:

  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Parent Advocacy Training

 Over the past four years, the Early Intervention program has provided therapies to 645 Wake County children. Over 95% of these children were able to stay in the learning environment of their parents' choice and were not separated in to classrooms for children with special needs.


Community Partnerships launched the Healthy Out of School Time program in 2006. The program offers training and in-classroom consulting services to child care and recreational providers, teaching them strategies for including children and youth with disabilities in their activities and classrooms. Last fiscal year, 549 child care professionals and recreational providers received training in Wake County


The Durham Inclusion Support Services program also offers training and in-classroom consulting and technical assistance services for child care and recreational providers in Durham County. Over 400 community providers received training last year.


In addition to its programs exclusively for children, Community Partnerships offers the following services:


Wake County:

Support Brokerage (Case Management)

Supported Employment

Brain Injury Support Services

Youth Employed and Succeeding (YES)


Durham County:

Support Brokerage (Case Management)

Youth Employed & Succeeding (YES)


Wayne County:

Brain Injury Support Services

their parents' choice and were not separated into classrooms for children with special needs.

To learn more about Community Partnerships, or to find out how you can help, contact Nikki Smith at 919-781-3616, ext. 250.


Helping children and youth succeed has always been at the heart of Community Partnerships' work. The Early Intervention program can trace its roots back in Wake County over 30 years. Available to children ages birth-5 with disabilities or identified areas of concern in their development, the goal of our Early Intervention services is to facilitate the successful inclusion of children in non-specialized child care, preschools, and other community settings. The program's team of early childhood development experts and experienced therapists provides comprehensive services that consider the whole child. All Early Intervention services are provided in community settings-in homes, daycares, local parks, or wherever the family's daily routines take them. 

Parent Resources...

Capitol City Speech Therapy



Mom's Morning Out! 

Need to get some grocery shopping done?  Want to get ahead on your Christmas list?  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.


ECAC is all about Parent Education! Since the beginning in 1983 ECAC has been committed to "improving the lives and education of children" by providing parents with the knowledge and skills to become their child's best advocate. ECAC's parent education programs are designed to meet the needs of parents and families, young children and students, educators and other professionals. 

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, pleaes visit ECAC's website at the link above.


Dynamic Therapy for Kids 



Kindergarten Readiness Class  

This group class will introduce school readiness activities to young children of all ability levels using music, movement, building, coloring, and multisensory activities.  Classes will be taught by Melanie Lee, MS, OTR/L; Occupational Therapist and Handwriting Without Tears Certified Handwriting Specialist.

This class is being offered on Fridays from 10:30am-12:00pm and runs for 12 weeks.  Please click below for more information

Kindergarten Readiness


Yoga for Movement 

Helps children get a "jump start" and begin their school day with a clear, focused mind.  Class is offered to kindergarten through 5th graders and will emphasize building strength and flexibility with fun movement activities.  Classes will be taught by Jennifer Credle, LPT.  Please click below for more information

Yoga for Movement 


The North Carolina Triangle Apraxia Network (NCTAN) is now Looking for New Members



Join NCTAN as they help provide support, educate and raise awareness in communities of Childhood Apraxia of Speech.

Every Child deserves a voice.  Their first meeting/gathering will be a very informal meet and greet at Jump Zone in Cary (2723 NC Hwy 55, Cary 27519) on January 4th at 6:30pm.

Jump Zone offers their activity rooms to children with special needs and their families on the 1st Tuesday of every month with FREE ADMISSION.

For more information, contact Erin Melchiorre at 919-585-2213, or visit their website (above) for future meeting dates, times and locations.


Wake AHEC Library Services



The mission of Wake AHEC Library Services is to provide quality health care information to the healthcare providers in our region.  We strive to be your first choice for quality healthcare information.  It provides access to information in a variety of formats, both traditional and online.


NC's Early Childhood Professional Development Lending Library



This lending library is funded through the NC Office of Early Learning and managed through ECAC, NC's Parent Training & Information Center (PTI).  It is free and easy to use - web search and checkout with the most up to date titles on DVD's/CD's and in print.

Website Review...

Tot's 'n Tech

by Nora Roehm


The Tots 'n Tech Research Institute (TnT) is an inter-university collaboration between Thomas Jefferson University (TJU), Philadelphia and Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe. TnT's mission is to provide up-to-date information and resources about adaptations, including assistive technology, to use with infants and toddlers for states, Early Intervention providers of all disciplines, and families across the country. In order to achieve this mission, TnT provides technical assistance to states to help them enhance the use of adaptations with infants and toddlers and conducts a national research program about use of adaptations and assistive technology (AT).   For More information, please visit the Tot's 'n Tech website at: http://tnt.asu.edu/home.
Using Technology in Therapy...

by Nora Roehm


Behavior Imaging Solutions, a company based in Idaho, is using web based technology to help parents, teachers & therapists gather video data on the children they care for in their home, school and/or therapy sessions. 

The company was started 5 years ago by the parents of a child with Autism who had difficulty getting a diagnosis & accessing services for their son who is now 18 years old.  They developed the tools that the company uses today called Behavior Capture & Behavior Connect.  These tools are able to record a child's behavior once a parent/teacher/therapist pushes a remote activation button to start a recording.  The recorder is able to go back in time and capture the previous minutes before the adult pushed the activate button.  This allows information about what might have precipitated the child's behavior to be seen by those who are on the child's therapeutic team.  That video information is then available over a HIPPA compliant web-based platform for providers working with that child to view and comment on.  This allows the authorized providers to collaborate and design an individualized plan to meet that child's specific needs.  This method is being used in special education classrooms across the country as well as by multiple service providers including the Department of Defense.  

To find out more about this new technology see their website at: www.behaviorimaging.com 

Community Job Postings...

Developmental Therapy Associates, Inc. in Durham

Part Time Speech Therapy position is available. Developmental Therapy Associates, Inc. has been providing high quality occupational and speech therapy services to children and adults for over 28 years. Therapists at DTA use a variety of treatment approaches and specialize in the evaluation and treatment of children/adults with Sensory Processing Disorders. The clients we work with present with a wide variety of diagnosis including apraxia, articulation, autism, CP, expressive/receptive language delays, pervasive developmental delays, sensory processing disorders, fine motor delays and learning disabilities. We are looking for enthusiastic and creative therapists with pediatric experience to join our progressive staff.

If you are interested in joining this dynamic practice, please e-mail your resume to: linda@developmentaltherapy.com or fax to: 919-403-1407.

White Plains Children's Center 

Is seeking a dedicated Lead Teacher for our inclusive two year old classroom.  WPCC offers low teacher/child ratios in a high quality environment for children with and without disabilities.  Our Center has served the Cary community for over 28 years.  Qualified candidates will possess the following:

BA in Early Childhood Education or related field with 12 hours child development courses and minimum 2 years experience.

A passion for working with young children

Dedication to the early childhood field

Must be available to teach M-F 6:45am-2:45pm, no exceptions

Experience working with children with disabilities required

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

We look forward to hearing from you!  We are located at 313 SE Maynard Rd, Cary, NC 27511.  Please email your resume to Ruth Miller at wpccdirector@gmail.com.

Giving to TelAbility...

telability logoAs we begin this New Year, 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!