In the News

Dr. Layton, Dr. Zou and Dr. Guo Hailiang, Administrator of the China Women’s Development Foundation.

Dr. Layton Presents at Autism Speaks International Workshop

Dr. Layton was invited to present at the Autism Speaks international workshop on his, Dr. Hao, and Dr. Zou’s Chinese autism diagnostic test: Clinical Autism Diagnostic Scale. There were more than 50 international professionals invited to the workshop to address the challenges and opportunities to enhance autism research and services worldwide, particularly in low- and middle-income […]

Dr. Hao Assists NCCU in Establishing Relationships with China

We are proud to announce one of Talk and Total’s own staff members, Dr. Grace Hao, has assisted in establishing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between North Carolina Central University and China’s Beijing Language and Culture University. The MOU builds a partnership between the two universities, with the purpose of creating a Bilingual Speech–Language Pathologist training […]

Evaluating Autism in a Chinese Population

Dr. Layton and Dr. Hao have published a research study on a new diagnostic test for autism spectrum disorders called the Clinical Autism Diagnostic Scale (CADS). You can read the full abstract below the break:

Little Jazz Man came to Grady Grasshopper.  He was playing a saxophone.  The music was unusual but calming.  Little Jazz Man asked, “Can you teach me to play the saxophone?”

Introducing Little Jazz Man

Hello friends and family, Some of you are aware that I have written my first children’s book titled, Little Jazz Man. It is about a little cricket who wants to learn how to play a musical instrument.  He goes looking for just the right instrument and meets many interesting critters who play different instruments.

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 […]

Buddy Walk 2010

Dr. Layton and his friends go to support the Fall 2010 Buddy Walk. The record-breaking 12th annual Buddy Walk at Briar Creek was great fun. The Buddy Walk is put on each year by the Triangle Down Syndrome Network.

Fall Festival 2010

The Fall Festival 2010 was a huge success! The children got to enjoy face painting, farm animals, hayrides, and even horseback riding.