May 2012 TelAbility/WATCH Newsletter
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MAY 19TH, 2012

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May 25th, 2012


FREE TelAbility/WATCH Multipoint Training:
Understanding Seizures with Dr, Michael Tennison, Pediatric Neurologist at UNC Hospital
Please see complete article to the right for details

May 2nd, 2012



Mom's Night Out 

The meal is potluck and guests bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert to share.

Please contact the TDSN office at 919-803-0515 or email to RSVP so we know how large a table to request.

* Babies are always welcome! *


May 2nd, 2012



Math and the Young Child:   

More than Counting 

Did you know that the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics included pre-kindergarten in its published "Principles and Standards" and "Curriculum Focal Points?" Come learn how to be an intentional teacher of math. You will learn about the research and hands-on math activities for the classroom.

Time: 5:00-7:00 PM
Instructor: Kim Hughes
Fee: $16
Topic Areas: 1,2,4,6,7,9
Contact fore more information, or click here to register  

May 3, 2012



A Guided Observation of the Family Literacy Classroom  

Guided observations are designed for teachers of three- to five-year-olds. Participants observe and discuss best practices in one of two Project Enlightenment inclusion classrooms serving four-year-olds. Some of the "best practices" participants can observe are: literacy-rich environments, caring communities in action, positive guidance strategies, and respectful teacher/child interactions.
Fee: $20
Topic Areas: 1-9
Contact fore more information, or click here to register  

May 5th, 2012



Pullen Park Tour! Sat,  

Pullen Park, 520 Ash Ave, Raleigh (map)
Join Special Blessings on Saturday, May 5th, for a tour of the newly renovated Pullen Park. Families will have the opportunity to ride the train and carousel. Meet by the ticket counter NO Later than 10:30 AM. This is a FREE event; however, there is a Fee to ride the train and carousel. If you and your family plan to attend, please be sure to Register/Sign Up NO LATER than Thursday, May 3rd.

To register contact Roxanne @ 919-366-9589, Mary @ 919-873-1631, email or register online at

May 8th, 15th, and 22nd, 2012




Does your child become easily frustrated and often rage or tantrum?
Does your child often get into arguments with other children or with adults?
Is your child being "bullied" or is he/she bullying others?
An engaging three-part interactive group for children grades 3-5 teaching positive choices in anger expression and real-world skills for assertive communication  and offering practical guidelines and tools in learning to feel and act upon anger effectively through a series of fun activities.
Location: Abilitations Children's Therapy 11030 Raven Ridge Road, Suite 101
Raleigh, NC 27614
Cost: $35 per week OR discount for paying in advance for all sessions $90 total.
Please call 919-844-6611 to register.

May 9th, 2012


National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is a key strategy of the Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign, which is part of the Public Awareness and Support Strategic Initiative by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
The effort seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy development from birth. Last year, the national theme focused on building resilience in young children dealing with trauma.
Communities around the country participated by holding their own Awareness Day events, focusing either on the national theme, or adapting the theme to the populations they serve.
Visit the SAMHSA website for information and materials on supporting child mental health.

May 9th, 2012



Coffee, tea, and connections the 2nd Wednesday of every month between the hours of 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Starbucks, 3800 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh. You are welcome to come for part or all of the time.

May 11th, 2012



Legacy Repertory Company is pleased to offer complimentary admission to our closed dress rehearsal of the ballet, Aladdin.  This free performance is reserved for special needs audiences and their families or caregivers - those who may not otherwise be able to attend an arts performance.
This performance will take place on Friday, May 11, 2012, at 6p.m. at the Carolina Theater in Durham.   Doors will open at 5:30p.m., and admission will be granted via guest list. Please register at the link to reserve your place on our guest list by Monday, May 7.  If you have any difficulty using the link or for any questions, please email Alyssa Rodriguez-Finch at

May 17th, 2012



Child & Family Advocacy Day  

Action for Children North Carolina and The United Way are joining forces for a day of advocacy on behalf of important issues facing North Carolinians. On May 17, 2012, advocates will gather at the Museum of History for a day of training on key issues, special guest speakers and an opportunity to visit legislators. Additional details below:
North Carolina Museum of History
5 East Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Sign up to participate here

May 17th, 2012



The First Six Weeks of School 

Learn how to structure the first six weeks of school to lay the groundwork for a productive year of learning. Building a solid foundation can pay off all year long in increased student motivation, cooperation, responsibility and self-control. Participants will discover how to build community, create and teach routines, and introduce an engaging curriculum. The Parent Teacher Resource Center will be open until 8 PM so please drop in!

Time: 5:00-7:00 PM
Instructor: Kim Hughes
Fee: $16
Topic Areas: 1-9
Contact fore more information, or click here to register  

May 17th, 2012



D.A.D.S. Meeting 

Topics vary from month to month.

Please contact the TDSN office at (919) 803-0515 to RSVP or get directions or for more information.

MAY 19, 2012, 8AM-12PM

Be sure to register to run, walk or roll around the scenic lake at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, or stroll through our Community Expo where you will find special needs resources galore!
Visit the RWR website at:
to register or donate
We look forward to seeing everyone there!

May 19-20th, 2012


Family Camping 

The Family Fun Day is 12-5 on Saturday and is open to all families in NC with a family member on the spectrum. A $15 suggested donation per family.Feel free to sign up to spend the night with us as well, registration form found on our website.This is a great chance for your family to come to a safe, fun, happy place that is designed to meet the needs of folks on the spectrum.Check the camp section of the webpage to learn more about this and the rest of our year round programming!

RSVP is preferred for fun day and required for family camping

Location : Camp Royall, 250 Bill Ash Road, Moncure NC 27559
Contact : Lesley Fraser, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Camp Royall, 250 Bill Ash Road, Moncure NC 27559

May 20th, 2012



Picnic For Children with Special Needs and their Families   

    Picnic for Children with Special Needs and Their Families. 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Crowder Park, Heron Shelter, located at 4709 Ten-Ten Road in Apex. Family Support Network will be going on a Safari and we would like to invite explorers of all ages to join us for an afternoon of food, games, and fun on May 20th. So grab your family and your bug spray and join us for hamburgers, hot dogs, snacks, popcorn, and tall cold drinks. We will be searching for snakes and bugs (pretend) so it will be important to bring your imagination too. There is no cost to families for the event, and no reservations are required. For more information, call             (919) 662-4600       ext. 257.

May 19th, 2012



Where:  Millbrook Exchange Community Center, 1905 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh (map)
Topic - Group Homes. Larry Rocamora (Attorney) will talk about what you need to know before creating/developing/building residential options. An information group for persons interested in residential options for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as how to create a fulfilling life once launched. Meetings are free and light refreshments will be available. No reservation necessary. For more information contact Kathy Honeyman at

May 23rd, 2012



Enhancing Social Understanding 

The purpose of this training is to demonstrate how to teach social understanding & perspective taking to individuals on the autism spectrum. The goal is to address the underlying meaning of the social concept and help the individual understand it. We will watch and discuss video clip examples and practice interactive exercises to promote creative thinking and facilitate fun! Teachers, professionals, parents and caregivers of high functioning individuals on the autism spectrum can all benefit from this training.
Location : Raleigh State Office Conference Room, 505 Oberlin Rd. Suite 230 Raleigh
Contact : Leica Anzaldo, or             (919)865-5069      
we are sorry but childcare will not be provided registration is required

May 26th, 2012



WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary NC 

Before May 16th: $15 (for t-shirt add $10)
May 17th - May 25th: $20 (for t-shirt add $10)
Day of Race (May 26th):$25 (for t-shirt add $10)
Kid's Dash (100 yards): $10 (each runner will receive a ribbon for participation)
Early Packet Pick-up at Try Sports (Crabtree Valley Mall, lower level across from H&M)
Thursday and Friday, May 24th and 25th from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
There will be food, live music, and a vendor expo following the race so stick around with your family and friends and fellowship with the community. We will have a silent auction and games with prizes, including a sudoku challenge, scrabble table and many many more.
For more information or to volunteer visit 

May 29th, 2012



Dine Out for Down Syndrome at Ruby Tuesday 

Ruby Tuesday has invited TDSN to particpate in their GiveBack program in 2012 by hosting monthly Dine Out for Down Syndrome nights at their restaurants to benefit TDSN.

20% of your bill will be credited to the fundraiser if you present the flyer with the event code on it.  These events will be held on the last Tuesday of each month except for December when it will be held on the 18th.

Please visit here to download the flyer 



June 9th, 2012


2012 Inclusion Symposium

White Rock Church, 3400 Fayetteville Rd, Durham.
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.
Space is limited to 4 people from each child care center or recreational program.
Registration begins in April.  Please call Jenna Tarleton at (919) 630-3178, or by email at jtarleton@communitypartnerships.o
rg for more information
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2012 RWR

AT FLEET FEET, 3546 Wade Ave  Raleigh, NC 27607 

Aside from the Awesome 5K Run and the Walk and Roll around the lake at Koka Booth and extensive Community Expo, we have a ton of fun planned for the entire family! 


Fleet Feet, the preferred running store of the 2012 Run Walk & Roll will be awarding gift certificates in the following 5K categories: 


Top 3 male and top 3 female overall 
Top 3 male and top 3 female masters division 
Youngest finisher 


Top fundraising team will win a week-long vacation at a gorgeous handicap-accessible beach house in Topsail, NC.  


Second place team in the fundraising category will win two airline tickets from Jet Blue. 


  • Celebrity Guest Penn Holderness, evening anchor at NBC-17 will be on hand throughout the morning 
  • The band Scarlet Virginia will be playing live on stage
  • ArtStream,whose mission is to create artistic opportunities for individuals in communities traditionally under-served by the arts, will be performing a   short theatrical production  
  • Creativity in Motion, LLC, dedicated to bringing the joy of dance to special needs kids will be performing on stage 
  • Chrissy Watson from Abilitations Children's Therapy and Wellness Center will have kids enthralled with her interactive Music Therapy performance 


And as if that's not enough, TelAbility and over 35 exhibitors at our Community Expo will be offering kids activities such as: 
    Bubble blowing 
    Create your own art with items from the Scrap Exchange 
    Free-style painting 
    Beanbag toss game 
    Face painting 
    Cornhole game 
    RWR t-shirt decorating

And let's not forget our RAFFLE DRAWINGS throughout the morning!  Visit our raffle table where you will be able to buy your raffle tickets specifically for any one (or more) of our generously donated prizes. 


To learn more about the 2011 Run, Walk & Roll, register, join a team or donate, visit our official RWR website  at

EVENT LOCATION: Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy in Cary
TelAbility/WATCH Upcoming Free Multipoint Training...  MAY 
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May 25th, 2012, 1:00-2:30pm

Presented by Dr. Michael Tennison, Pediatric Neurologist at UNC Hospital 

    Dr. Tennison will present information on seizures, seizure disorders, management & medications and recommendations for working with children who have seizures.  You may submit questions for Dr. Tennison to address during the presentation by emailing them to Stephanie O'Rourke at 


An invitation to register for this workshop will be sent out via the listserv when registration opens. 

1.5 Infant Toddler credits will be awarded for this session.
Of Interest ...

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


Camp MusArt

Camp MusArt at 616 West Chatham in Apex is now taking registrations for full week campers all the way into July! Please remember to register early as the spaces are limited and filling up very fast!! They are very excited to be offering DOUBLE BASS to their program now.  For more information please call (919) 267-5509 or visit the link above. 


The Aspen Center - Upcoming Programs


The Apen Center is currently enrolling for:  

Seedlings program which is a specialized preschool for children with Down syndrome.   
2012-13 Building BLOCKS
preschool school year 
2012-13 Transitional K class 
2012 summer camps 
Call for more information 919-981-6588 or see our website at

TEACCH Lunchtime Learning Series - Strategies for Young Children with Autism

Presented by Susan Boswell, M.Ed. & Ron Faulkner M.Ed. of the Chapel Hill TEACCH Center Early Intervention & Preschool Programs

Dates and Topics: 

           Tuesday, May 8: Play & Social Engagement

           Tuesday, May 22: Behavior Management  

Time: 12:30 - 2:00pm

Where:  Raleigh CDSA Office:  319 Chapanoke Road, suite 101, Raleigh

How To Register:  Make checks payabe to Chapel Hill TEACCH Center and mail to Ruth Thomson, MHSA - Workshop Coordinator, Chapel Hill TEACCH Center, UNC-Chapel Hill, CB#6305, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-6305 

These sessions will focus on practical strategies.  

IT Credits will be provided.   

If you have any questions, please email Ruth Thomson at 


Capitol City Speech Therapy Summer Programs   

July 9-27  "Power Packed Vocabulary Development"  

for 3-5 yr. olds Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday from 12:15-2:30pm      

July 9-30 "Fun With Reading"
for 2nd & 3rd graders Every Monday from July 9th-30th, 1pm-2pm


July 5-26 "Reading For Meaning"
for 3-5 yr. olds Every Thursday from July 5th through 26th

(Movement And Gestures Improve Communication)  Upcoming 2012-2013 Preschool Program  A total learning program for children ages 3-5 years old designed to enhance your child's social, emotional and intellectual growthMore information and pricing can be found by visiting their website (above) or by calling (919) 577-6807.       

The Tammy Lynn Center  

The Tammy Lynn Center announces the start of BUILDING BLOCKS PLAY GROUP which offers children 18mos-3years weekly opportunities to interact with other children of all abilities as they learn, practice, and strengthen play and social skills.  Please call Robin Brooks at (919) 755-2688 for more information.


My Gym Fitness Center  

will be offering a class for the special needs community! My Gym serves all ages and is very excited to begin this wonderful opportunity, as there are so few classes such as these in our area. There are employees with experience with the special needs population who work at the gym, which will help this class to be a great success for the children! Please email or call for more information.


My Gym:
9650 Strickland Road, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27615


Jill Powell Summer Fun for Children with Special Needs

Jill Powell has been working with individuals with special needs for the past 11 years.  She currently teaches a self-contained autistic class.  She has worked with children and adults with special needs in a variety of recreational settings, including directing summer camps, teaching classes, chaperoning field trips and outings, and assisted with developing an inclusive playground design.  She graduated from ECU with a BS in Health Education and has her teaching certificate in special education.


Get out of the house and have some fun!  Join Jill for structured, social fun, while exploring new topics and skills.  These classes are specially designed for participants with special needs.   
Check out the classes Jill will be offering this summer (attached flyer) 
****Please be aware that days and times vary from class to class.****
Questions?  Interested in signing up?  Contact Jill Powell at or 919-302-6028.

Parent Resources...

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


Born Learning

A 4 star child care facility located in Raleigh near Capitol Blvd. & Old Buffalo Rd.

Prem Sudersanam has her B-K license and has taught in the More At Four program and Head Start.  She is very interested in inclusion and welcomes therapists who work with the children.  She is registered to operate 1st, 2nd and 3rd shifts.  Her contact number is (919) 926-7513 email is   She has openings during the day for both part time as well as full time children.  


Art Therapy Institute (ATI) 

ATI brings art therapy to people in the community where they are every day - in public schools, hospitals, and community programs. The Institute's mission is to enhance the outreach work they do as mental health clinicians and improve access to mental health services in the community. By approaching mental health issues globally and by sharing the healing components of the arts, the Institute provides support for many people and prevents more intensive interventions. The Institute brings art therapy to their clients instead of having clients come to them. This enables the Institute to provide art therapy to diverse populations, especially the under-served, in a myriad of settings.  The Art Therapy Institute is located in Durham.  To learn more please call (919) 381-6068, or visit their website here.   


Does Your Child Have Dreams of Dancing?     
Dancing can improve body awareness, increase self-esteem and flexibility, as well as promote healthy emotional expression and positive social interaction with peers.
Jennifer Pegram, a dancer since the age of 14 and certified Special Educator, is proud to offer private and semi-private dance classes to children with special needs in Cary and surrounding areas. Mrs. Pegram studied integrated dance with Verlezza Dance, a professional company located in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and uses her personal experience with Cerebral Palsy to bring dance opportunities to young people who might not otherwise have the chance to try. Enrollment is limited. For more information, please contact Jennifer at (919) 924-2659 or Academic tutoring is also offered. 
Hope to see you in dance class!


National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability

CWD/Youth is your source for information about employment and youth with disabilities. Their partners - experts in disability, education, employment, and workforce development - strive to ensure you will be provided with the highest quality, most relevant information available.

Guideposts for Success:  Family Involvement & Supports   


Wake County Cerebral Palsy Support Group 

A way for parents to share, laugh, and cry with others who can identify with the daily joys and struggles by talking, using social media, and having family outings as needed.

The group is not limited to the diagnosis of CP.  For more information, contact Shannon at (919) 610-9500 or by email at


Project Enlightenment  

Project Enlightenment offers a host of helpful resources and services for teachers and parents of young children birth through kindergarten. Come by and check out the resources in the Parent Teacher Resource Center (PTRC), call about their services (919-856-7774) or visit their website at
You can access our library catalog from your computer. Just follow the simple directions listed below.
To access the Library Catalog:
1.      Go to the Project Enlightenment website at
2.      Look under Highlights.
3.      Click on
4.      Select Project Enlightenment.
5.      This will take you to our catalog.
6.      You may search for any book.   


Developmental Therapy Associates

DTA's website now as an "Ask a Therapist" section - If you have a question to ask of an Occupational or Speech Therapist, here is your chance!


DTA also has intensive therapy opportunities for year-round track out such as Handwriting Intensives, Articulation Boot Camp and Auditory Integration Training.   

Please visit their website at the link above for more information. 


Carolina Parent's 2011-12 Family Guide to Special Needs Resources in the Triangle...

Is now available online at:  

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. 



Building Bridges  

(919) 850-2440 

Dr. Alisha Davis offers the Building Bridges program which combines specific chiropractic care, neurointegrative exercises and nutritional modifications designed to improve a child's nervous system function, and bridge the gap between the brain and the body.

Level Four Pediatric Cranial Designs

A full service orthotic and prosthetic clinic, 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 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.  A charge of $10.00 per child will be accepted upon arrival. Space is limited to eight children per Friday so please call ahead for reservations!

For more information, please click here.  

Playtime Developmental Enrichment Groups:   

Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:45-10:45 for ages 18 months to 3 years.


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.

Giving to TelAbility...

TelAbility LogoYou 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!