A Message from the Executive Director

I had this photo taken at last year's American Speech-Language-Hearing Association conference. ASHA, my professional organization, is leading an initiative regarding the many roles of therapists. I chose "Motivator" 
because this is central to what makes those we serve successful. TLC staff motivates clients, patients and students to overcome challenges and meet goals. This commitment to motivation happens daily at TLC. In this season of gratitude, I want to take the opportunity to thank our motivators. The greatest asset we have at The Treatment and Learning Centers is our staff. These amazing professionals walk into work every day and change lives. That is why I call them "the heart of TLC." For them I am grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Patricia A. Ritter, PhD
Executive Director, The Treatment and Learning Centers

Development Digest

TLC's Fall Luncheon Wrap Up
More than 120 guests attended TLC's Fall Luncheon on October 13th. Thanks to our sponsors and friends we raised over $42,000 dollars including donations for the Caring Neighbor Fund. TLC is committed to providing services to individuals in the community who could otherwise not afford them to improve their possibilities. The highlight of the luncheon was a testimony from TLC parent, Erin-Kate. She shared her family's story of perseverance, hope and trust. Over all, it was a tremendous luncheon and we received so many positive comments from the attendees that we wanted to share the good news!

We would like to thank our sponsors and Committee members who made this event possible. On behalf of the individuals who will benefit from your generosity, thank you for your support.

Special thank you to our lead sponsors: GEICO; Athena Consulting; Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker. Also committee members: Betty Anne Aschenbach, Karen Beveridge, Melissa Pappas and Mary Rill. 

TLC's King of the Road 5k Race

TLC's 12th King of the Road 5K was a fantastic success! Over 300 runners, walkers and volunteers enjoyed a sunny, cool morning, perfect for a run!   The event raised over $25,000 which surpassed all of our goals for this year! Special thanks to King Automotive who once again was our title sponsor and to our emcee  Larry Miller from WUSA9 news. Take a look at Larry's race intro in the video above.  Heartfelt thanks to our volunteers. Truly, we couldn't have done it without you!   Link to race results.

Congratulations to top finishers!

1st Place - Tim Schaefer Potomac, MD 16:53
2nd Place - Mick Brown Washington, DC 17:02
3rd Place - Joseph Calavito Garnet Valley, PA 19:07

1st Place - Julie Sapper Rockville, MD 21:20
2nd Place - Marlee San Sebastian Olney, MD 22:16
3rd Place - Grace Rowe Clarksburg, MD 22:57

The Spirit of Giving

If you work for a company, organization or the federal government, chances are you've had the opportunity to participate in a workplace giving program. Workplace giving is an easy and efficient way to make tax-deductible donations to a charity. Please consider TLC as your charity of choice by using these designation codes.  

United Way _9861

CFC _35945



The Katherine Thomas School News!
KTS Running Club

In 2011 Carol Kasunic and Wendy Epstein began Girls on The Run at The Katherine Thomas School with five students. After three seasons they decided to open up the running group to girls and boys and expanded the age group. Thus began the KTS Running Club. High school students benefitted from the responsibility of setting up the course and mentoring the younger runners as a community service project led by Erin Cathcart. Mr. Troy helped with the community service portion this fall in order to accommodate the 17 high school students that wanted to be involved. Running Club has really incorporated a true community spirit with parent volunteers and staff running with students. Some of the student runners also participate in Special Olympics Track and Field as well as TLC's 5k Race. In 2016, The KTS Running Club grew to 32 members! Running club would not be possible without volunteer coaches: Carol Kasunic, Erin Cathcart and Wendy Epstein.

KTS Running Club motto:

In Running club -we run run run
Feeling healthy when we are done
Running Club is fun fun fun

Fifteen Year Partnership for KTS and Norwood 

Six times every year, The Norwood School in Bethesda designates a community service morning for 8th grade students. KTS has been a recipient of this service for 15 years. Norwood students visit KTS on Monday mornings and join our students for PE and recess or help with pragmatics classes. Approximately 14 Norwood students come to KTS. This year KTS is using these special Monday mornings as a reward for PBIS in middle school and as "gym buddies" with an elementary class.  This  program provides  a mainstream opportunity for KTS students to play team sports, t o practice sportsmanship, t reating teammates and opponents with respect and g iving all players the chance to participate.  Also KTS and Norwood students benefit from d eveloping new relationships.  

For the last three  years, the partnership has been extended to include a day for KTS students at Norwood.  KTS 8th graders visit Norwood for lunch, recess and watch their musical performance in the spring.

This has been a great program for both KTS and Norwood students and we hope it will continue for many years to come!

News from TLC's services...
We would love to share your story! Please email  
to tell us about the impact TLC or KTS has had on your family.

TLC's Family Hearing Center Support Group at Asbury!  
The Family Hearing Center's (FHC) new location at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, MD, is up and running. This week we held our first Asbury Resident Hearing Loss Support Group.  Ten residents who wear hearing aids came together to discuss coping strategies for hearing loss.  The December topic will be "Managing Holidays with Hearing Loss."  If you are interested in learning about a possible support group at FHC's Gaither Road location, please call 301.738.1415.

Disability Awareness Luncheon at Alliance, Inc.
Two TLC staff joined Alliance, Inc., for a wonderful event promoting disability awareness. TLC's Outcomes Service works with Alliance to place individuals with disabilities in jobs and support their successful employment. Dean Porter, Project Manager for FDA/White Oak Alliance Inc., Business Services Division, serves on TLC's Business Advisory Board. Alliance's mission is to foster hope and opportunities for people with disabilities and mental health needs to realize their dreams. TLC's Outcomes Service works with Alliance to help support their mission and ours. Alliance was the recipient of TLC's Employer of the Year Award for 2016 for their outstanding commitment to employment for individuals with disabilities. The Disability Awareness Luncheon was a fantastic event. A staff member who has received supported employment from Outcomes was awarded Employee of the Year for his department. Congratulations Brian! Link to learn more about employing individuals with disabilities.

Occupational and Speech-Language Holiday T oy List
Every year TLC's Occupational Therapists and Speech-Language Pathologists partner to create a toy list for newborns and children through age 7. These toys help your child learn and grow!  For information about OT or Speech screens and therapy, please call 301.424.5200 x113. 

Psychoeducational Testing & Tutoring
TLC's educational specialists, psychologists and tutors specialize in helping children and adults identify a learning disability and offer strategies for success. The following article from, is an excellent resource to better understand learning difficulties. Please call 301.424.5200 x6923 if you would like to learn how TLC's specialists can help you or your child manage learning differences.

Learning Difficulties
(Excerpted from View article in full.)
learning difficulty (also referred to as a learning disability) can be described as an issue with the brain's ability to process information. Individuals who have a learning difficulty may not learn in the same way or as quickly as their peers, and they might find certain aspects of learning, such as the development of basic skills, to be challenging.

Because learning difficulties cannot be cured, their effects may impact an individual's performance throughout life: academically, in the workplace, and in relationships and daily life. Intervention and support, which may be supplemented by  counseling or other mental health care services, can help an individual with a learning difficulty to achieve success.