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App Review: First Phrases

App Review: First Phrases

Our article Technology Use for Children with Down Syndrome: The iPad was so popular, we have decided to expand upon it with a series of app review articles that will allow us to focus on some of the apps we find most-useful here at Talk and Total. Our first article in the series will focus […]

Talk and Total has Partnered with Dawn Evans to Offer Tutoring Services

We have big news for our community. Talk and Total Communication Services has partnered with Dawn Evans to offer individualized tutoring services and instruction for students with special needs, regular education, home schooling, or early education. Dawn Evans is an experienced elementary education teacher, special education teacher, and early childhood specialist who loves to work […]

Jane Ball Interviewed for Garner TV

Long-time Talk and Total parent, Jane Ball, was interviewed for Garner TV’s program, Around Town.  Produced monthly for the Town of Garner NC, the show airs on Garner’s Channel 11, on their website at, and also from their YouTube channel. March’s edition featured the interview with Ball. The interview, conducted by Mayor Ronnie Williams, […]

Civitan Club Shows Appreciation for Special-Education Teachers

Dr. Layton recently spoke at the Garner Civitan Club, regarding the special-education needs of children in China. The Garner Civitan Club holds an annual dinner honoring the special-education teachers of the Garner, NC area schools. This year’s event featured not only Dr. Layton’s talk, but also a talk given by Talk and Total parent, Jane […]

Connecting "Families to Families" in China

The YangAi Parent Club Guangzhou, China, invited a family with a Down syndrome child to visit and meet with families and professionals at their center. The YangAi Parent Club is attempting to connect families to families. Therefore, they invited the Ball family: Douglas, Jane and daughter, Caroline, to visit their center. Plans are underway to […]