NOVEMBER 2010 TelAbility/WATCH Newsletter

The Wake Area 

Telehealth Collaborative Helping Children with Special Needs

Thank You's...
by Stephanie Hoyer
Telemedicine Collaborative

A heartfelt thank you to Pediatric Therapy Associates for providing a "virtual" spanish translator to facilitate a telemedicine clinic in Wilmington, NC.  As the photo (to the left) demonstrates, it was a great show of teamwork!
Spooktacular EventThank you to Marbles Museum for inviting  TelAbility to be a part of the Spooktacular Event supporting kids with disabilities and their families.  Thanks to all who stopped by our table; both Nora and I enjoyed meeting you, introducing the benefits of  TelAbility, and being a part of the fun.   We especially loved letting loose the creative genius of the children as they decorated their goody bags!


by Leslie Nelson

THE  2011




WHEN:    Tuesday, November 9th at 6:30 PM

WHERE:  Wake County SmartStart

                       1121 Situs Court, Suite 250, Raleigh, NC 27606  

RSVP:         Leslie Nelson at     


Please join TelAbility & the WATCH Network as we kick off the 2011 Run, Walk & Roll. 

This meeting is for anyone and everyone who is interested in helping with our 2011 event.  Parents, grandparents, friends, family, providers, therapists, schools etc.  The more the merrier so feel free to pass this invitation along!


 At the meeting, we will cover the following:

  • What is TelAbility? 
  • What is the Run, Walk & Roll? 
  • Who does this Fundraising Event support and how can we help?
  • Final thoughts on the 2010 RWR
  • 2011 Run, Walk & Roll Goals and Objectives
  • Committees and Responsibilities
  • Idea sharing

Light refreshments will be served.



TelAbility Updates...
by Stephanie Hoyer
The Results Are In...
On October 15th, Nora and I coordinated and facilitated our first Video Conference Training; Fun Therapeutic Activities.  40 professionals participated at 5 host locations throughout Raleigh, Cary and Wilmington.  A BIG thank you to those host sites for helping us pull this off!  The results, based on the evaluation forms and feedback we have received from participants, are overwhelmingly positive, and we are extremely thankful to our presenters Brian Gentry, Michelle Perahia, Laurie Denning and Dawn Soloman.  All provided practical, resourceful and imaginative ideas using everyday household recyclables, and fun games to encourage movement!  The certificates of attendance have all been emailed.  If you and have not yet received yours, please contact me.
While we did experience some video difficulty and a few logistical hiccups, overall it was a success - and we thank you for your patience! 
Our goal is to offer monthly CEU trainings on varying topics of interest.  If you have ideas and suggestions for either a topic or presenter, please forward them to either myself (, or Nora Roehm (
Program Profile...


by Terri Pratt, Nora Roehm

Bee Active Movement and Sports Program

TelAbility partner, White Plains Children's Center wants you to know about a movement program for preschool children called Bee Active. 

This program, owned & operated by Dorne Yarick, works with 2-5 year olds on building fundamental motor skills such as balance, coordination, & movement concepts as well as educational skills like following directions, colors & shapes.  "We use teamwork to build self confidence and a positive self image so kids feel good about themselves. This is a non-competitive group where everybody wins" says Ms. Yarick. 

She uses hula hoops, streamers, balls, a floor ladder, a parachute and other exciting props in her lessons.  Ms. Yarick incorporates children with special needs into her group by talking with teachers & therapists to find what goals the child is working on so she can modify the activities to meet the child's needs. 

She offers this movement program to preschools and other groups.  You can find out more information at her website or by contacting her at   (919) 946-0410.
Parent Resources...
Parents On the Go
10-11:30 am, every first & third Saturday starting October 2010
4904 Waters Edge Drive, Suite 151, Raleigh, NC
Join Parents On the Go for informal and informative sessions designed for parents constantly on the go.  These Saturday morning gatherings provide pratical parenting tips for a wide range of concerns. 
Please click on the link below for session schedule,  topics, and contact info.
NC Parent Consultants
4904 Waters Edge Drive, Suite 151, Raleigh, NC.  (919) 389-9827
NC Parent Consultants offer individual parent consultations, and various workshops for parents, providers, and organizations covering concerns such as discipline, social skills, sleep issues, bullying, homework battles, and much more.  Please click the following link for more details  NC Parent Consultants.
Assessing a Child's Need for Assistive Tech
For information on assessing a child's needs for assistive technology to enhance participation in everyday activites and routines, please see below.

On A related note, a recorded webinar on the use of assistive technology with very young children, presented by Dr. Philippa Campbell, Co-Director of the Tots-n-Tech Research Institute is also now available online at:

Calendar of Events...
Nov 2nd & 3rd TDSN Education Symposium
Practical Solutions for Educating Students with Down Syndrome
For parents and educators, this workshop will provide an overview of the specific learning needs characteristic of students with Down syndrome.  Tips, strategies and solutions relevant to pre-school through high school.  Register through the Gift Tools website at:  TDSN
Nov 5, 6, 7th, Washington DC area
ICDL 14th Annual International Conference - Redfining Autism
An exciting program featuring presentations by internationally recognized experts in the field of Autism. Panel discussions, led by Serena Wieder, Ph.D, Stuart Shanker, D.Phil., Ricki Robinson, MD., MPH, and Josh Sparrow, MD.will provide the audience with an opportunity to interact with presenters.   Click here for a .pdf brochure including registration form:  REDEFINING AUTISM CONFERENCE
Nov 9th, 9am-12 Noon, Autism Society of NC
Workshop for parents of Middle School students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and the professionals who work with them. providing the information necessary to help prepare your child's transition plan.  this is a very popular workshop that fills up quickly, so don't delay - visit  TRANSITION WORKSHOP for all the details.
Nov 9th, 12pm-2pm, Wake County LICC Monthly Meeting
Project Enlightenment.  501 S. Boylan Ave., Raleigh, NC
The Wake County LICC is a collaborative partnership among parents, caregivers, public agencies, private and non-profit organizations, and interested community members or organizations to promote a coordinated and effective Early Intervention system in Wake County.
Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month, from 12-2 pm.

Join the LICC to stay connected with other professionals and parents interested in issues around early intervention and the children and families it serves. 
To join, just come to a meeting and sign up, or email Wake County LICC for more information. 
Nov 9th, 6:30 pm, Wake County Smart Start, 1121 Sitrus Court, Ste 250, Raleigh, NC
Run, Walk and Roll Kickoff Meeting
This meeting is open to all who are interested in being involved with our 2011 event. 
Nov 14th, 1-4pm, AMF Capital Lanes
Annual Bowl-a-Thon for the Arc of Wake County
Roll a ball down the lane and roll in funds to support children and adults with developmental disabillities.  Click here: Bowl-a-Thon for details and to create your online fundraising page!
Fascinating Facts...




About Face. 
How the Brain Recognizes and Processes Faces
an article written in the Society for Neuroscience, October 2010 Brain Briefings...
To most of us, pigeons all look the same, but human faces do not, despite also being similar to each other in appearance. Brain scientists are now developing a thorough understanding of the specialized circuits that distinguish faces. In the process, they have discovered the inability to recognize familiar faces, called prosopagnosia, may be far more common than once thought.
If there is one thing our brains do that emphasizes how social we are, it is recognizing faces. Babies - before they learn to speak or even babble - are instinctively drawn to look at faces, and by four months of age are already processing faces as distinct objects. There is a good reason for this - faces are incredibly informative. A single glance reveals much about a person's identity, gender, ethnicity, emotion, and truthfulness.  Full Story.
Website Review...
The NC Assistive Technology Exchange Post
Found at ncATp, North Carolinians may either list devices for sale on the Exchange Post or may post devices they need.  Anyone may browse the Exchange Post but registration is required to access contact information for persons with listings. 
Once registered, individuals who are interested in an item can contact the current owner about acquiring the device. 
The Exchange Post offers many features making AT equipment exchange efficient for both buyers and sellers.  It is updated as new advertisements are received or items are sold and is always current.
Individuals can post "Wanted" items and the system will automatically notify the individual if an item is listed "For Sale" matching the description of the item they have listed .
The Exchange Post has search capability by category, type of listing, zip code proximity, length of time it has been posted and/or keywords.
 Giving to TelAbility
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" on the memo line. 
Thank you!