OCTOBER 2010 TelAbility/WATCH Newsletter
The Wake Area 
Telehealth Collaborative Helping Children with Special Needs
We Want to Hear From You...
by Stephanie Hoyer
Bring it On - Pass it on!!

Please keep forwarding me information... Updates to your agency; new staff or programming, events to share, announcements, or a shout out for a job well done.  Share a new resource, book, website or upcoming conference...

This is YOUR newsletter, about and for YOUR community - so bring it on.  You can email any information you would like posted to me at sorourke@med.unc.edu

Also, Please forward this email to parents and families of the children you serve.

TelAbility Updates...
by Stephanie Hoyer
Your TelAbility Staff
As most of you know, September 1st saw many changes here at TelAbility.  Just to recap; as Juliellen moved on to her new role outside of TelAbility, Nora Roehm (roehm@med.unc.edu) and Stephanie Hoyer (sorourke@med.unc.edu) took over as Program Coordinator and Program Administrator respectively.  Nora will be out in the community connecting with all of our members in order to facilitate your needs and expand our services.  She will be organizing and implementing all future video trainings, and asks that you keep your training ideas coming! 
Stephanie will be managing the monthly newsletter, WATCH listserv, organizing video conferences with both Josh and Nora, and will be your point person for all things TelAbility.
In mid September we welcomed Leslie Nelson as our Event Planner Extraordinaire!  Leslie will be organizing the 2011 Run, Walk, and Roll.  With all of her fantastic experience and energy, this 3rd Annual Event promises to be the biggest and best yet!
Josh continues to be the driving force behind our success and expansion and is looking in to new partnerships and programs to better serve our children. 
It's always a new day at TelAbility sobe on the look out for new and exciting offerings from our team as we respond to your needs.
Agency Profile...
TR Goines
Abilitations Children's Therapy & Wellness Center
Abilitations Logo


Website: www.actwc.com

 Phone:  (919) 844-6611

Located at:  11030 Raven Ridge Rd, Ste 101,

Raleigh 27614


Abilitations Children's Therapy & Wellness Center is a therapists' owned practice in the North Raleigh area. Our mission is to focus on the abilities of each child as opposed to the disability.

We believe that by focusing on the child as a whole we can make wonderful gains and help improve the quality of life for children with special needs.

We offer P.T., O.T., S.T. music therapy, yoga for the special needs population (YOGABILITIES), and nutritional counseling by a registered dietician.

We also offer the following programs throughout the year:

Abilities Indoor Soccer League: Designed for children with special needs. We have had four Successful seasons of indoor soccer and could not be more thrilled with this program. Each child Has their own jersey and a soccer coach. CASL has graciously volunteered their time and efforts

To help us with this league.  Registration open for spring 2011 league: Sundays, March 6th-April 1

Summer Musical Camp: For the drama king and queen in all of us. Each summer we Adapt a production to highlight children with special needs talents and artistic abilities.

Kook Kidz Club: A social outing group to allow children with special needs to develop friendships  And self esteem.

Music Therapy Camp "Music Matters":Group music therapy to aide with motor and social skill Development.

Rock the Pulse: A rock band for children with special needs, ages 8-16

Wellness Programs for Children with & without special needs: A fitness program is established By a physical therapist to address each child's fitness needs for weight management concerns.

There is also a "gym membership" opportunity at our facility.  We have adaptive equipment for children who need special accommodations.


We are a founding partner of Sassafras All Children's Playground along with Raleigh Parks & Rec, Frankie-Lemmon , and Daryl and Dionne Lester. To learn more about this amazing project or to make a donation, visit www.sassafrasplay.org

Community Updates...
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
launches a website for parents and providers offering innovative technical assistance, up to date information and high quality resources and materials for families of children with all disabilities ages birth to 26 years, and the professionals who work with them.  Visit the website at:  PARENT CENTER NETWORK
Voices Together Little Voices Group, Durham
Mondays 3:45-4:30pm, West Cornwallis Rd/Academy Rd. Intersection
Voices Together is a non-profit organization endorsed by The Autism Society of North Carolina, The Arc of North Carolina and University of North Carolina Dept of Education and Special Education.  For Ages 8-11 (approx), Little Voices is specifically geared toward children with heightened sensory and communication needs, also addressing social and emotional challenges.  The group provides 45 minutes of non-stop interactive opportunities to work on speech and language goals.  Please go to Voices Together for more information.
Job Opportunities...
Part Time Occupational Therapist and Part Time Speech Therapist
These positions are available at Developmental Therapy Associates, a well respected and innovative therapist owned clinic in Durham, NC.
Developmental Therapy Associates, Inc. has been providing high quality occupational and speech therapy services to children and adults for over 26 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:
or fax to: 919-403-1407.
Recall Announcements to Share with your Clients...
IMPORTANT:   Similac Powdered Formula Recall
As reported on Reuters, Abbott Laboratories Inc has voluntarily recalled millions of its top selling Similac powdered formula after beetles were found in the products in a manufacturing plant in Michigan.  Click here FORMULA RECALL for more information.
IMPORTANT:  Fisher Price Recalls
Fisher Price is recalling more than 10 million tricycles, toys and high chairs because of safety concerns.  Please follow this link  FISHER-PRICE RECALLS for specific information directly from the Mattel website.
Calendar of Events...

Project Enlightenment Book Drive is underway
If you are a Wake County Agency, and would like books to give to the families you serve, please contact Theresa by email at tmccrain@wcpps.net.  Please include your name, the name of your agency, phone number, and the ages of children you serve.  You will be emailed when the books are ready to be picked up at Project Enlightenment, 501 S. Boylan Ave., Raleigh, NC 27603.
Oct 9th 9am, Moore Square, Raleigh
Triangle Run/Walk for Autism
Join the fun at the 12th Annual 5K run, one mile walk or kids dash.  Sign up today to support a common cause and help raise awareness of autism.  Spend the morning in Moore Square enjoying music, vendors, and special entertainment.  TRIANGLE WALK/RUN FOR AUTISM for details.
Oct 10th 1pm, Briar Creek Community Park
TDSN Buddy Walk
Supporting The Triangle Down Syndrome Network in its efforts to reach out to the community to make a difference in the lives of all people with Down Syndrome and their families.  Please click  here for more information, and to register.
Oct 14th 5:30-8pm
Spooktacular Event at Marbles Kids Museum
Mark your calendars!  Marbles Kids Museum is once again hosting a Spooktacular evening of fun for kids with special needs and their families.  Don't forget to stop by the TelAbility table and say hi to Stephanie and Nora!!!!
Please click on the link below for all the details...October Spooktacular.
Oct 15th 1-2:30pm
TelAbility Multipoint Video Conference Training: 
Fun, Therapeutic Activities for the EI Provider 
Brian Gentry-PT, Dawn Solomon-OT, Laurie Denning-DT, & Michelle Perahia-ST will be presenting.  Join us for fun and interactive demonstration and discussion of activities to do with your young clients.  Bring one or two activities of your own to share!  Email sorourke@med.unc.edu to RSVP.
Host Sites will be Community Partnerships, Inc. 3522 Haworth Dr, Raleigh,(919) 781-3616,  Raleigh CDSA, 319 Chapanoke Rd, Raleigh, (919) 662-4600, Pediatric Therapy Associates, Cary Location, 1120 SE Cary Parkway, Ste 200, Cary (919) 854-0404, Tammy Lynn Center, 739 Chappell Dr., Raleigh (919) 832-3909
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 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!
Website Review...
National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD)
is an information center concerned with physical activity and disability.  On their website you will find resources for everyone, from guidelines to consider to factsheets on many popular activities, games and sports that have been adapted to allow for disabilities.  This particular link will take you directly to a database of programs by location.  You can search their extensive database for activities by city, zip code, or by activity (of which there are many).  Click here to be directed to the site:  NCPAD
Fascinating Facts...
Genes and Language,
an article written in the Society for Neuroscience, Nov 2009 Brain Briefings...
Although animals have the ability to communicate, the capacity for complex speech and language skills is exclusively human. Scientists have long puzzled over the origins of this amazing human ability to organize vocal sounds into words and words into meaningful sentences. Within the past decade or so, molecular biologists have begun to identify genes linked to speech and language. These findings are helping to decode the evolutionary and neurological enigma of human language. They are also offering possible explanations for how autism and other language-related disorders develop.  Click here for the Full Story.
 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!