A Message from the Executive Director

I am always moved when I encounter families and individuals enjoying the celebrations of our organization.  This spring we experienced many such celebrations.  The KTHS graduation is always a testament to TLC's mission and how we change lives.  Every student tells their story and each story contains an outpouring of gratitude for faculty and staff that supported the student's growth.  The 25th Annual Golf Classic and Inaugural Road Rally were so much fun and enjoyed by all.  Money raised at these events contributes to critical resources that support the individuals we serve. I know how grateful the recipients of your generosity are and how much these funds are appreciated.

I am excited about our new community collaboration with Asbury Methodist Village. The Family Hearing Center has been providing a walk-in clinic at Asbury for over a year and welcome the opportunity to expand our services for the residents as well as the surrounding community at a second location at Asbury!  TLC's Family Hearing Center has outstanding consumer satisfaction survey results and I am confident visitors at Asbury will be as happy with our services as visitors at our Gaither Road location.

Summer is a time for rest and rejuvenation.  I hope you are able to experience both in the next few months. Enjoy your summer!

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

Development Digest

TLC's Inagural Road Rally
TLC's first Road Rally was June 25, 2016. A huge thanks to Joe Parlanti for conceiving the idea, coordinating the event and flipping burgers! TLC's Katherine Thomas School parking lot was full of vintage, sports and other vehicles. It was a sight to be seen! The forty participants had a wonderful time. The rally ended at the Historic Vehicle Association with a cook out and a lot of smiles. Thanks to all who participated!

TLC's 25th Annual Golf Classic
Thanks to all who attended the golf classic. It was a perfect day to celebrate TLC's 25th Golf Classic. We raised $72,747 from the event and hosted 85 golfer. Chris Zourdos, who began TLC's Golf Classic with then Executive Direcotor, Dick Pavlin and served as Chair for The Golf Class for over 10 years, was honored for his years of dedication. As of 2015, the Golf Classic has raised over $1.3 M! Special thanks to first time chair Ryan Aschenbach! Thanks to everyone who has participated over the years and w e hope to see everyone next year!

The Katherine Thomas High School Graduation!
CONGRATULATIONS to The Katherine Thomas High School Class of 2016! We are so proud of you and your accomplishments! Thank you to students, families, friends, faculty, staff, supporters and alumnus who attended the wonderful ceremony and celebrated our students. Each student spoke and shared their experiences at KTS. It was a truly moving event.

News from TLC's services...

TLC's Family Hearing Center at Asbury!  

We will be opening a second location for The Family Hearing Center (FHC) at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, Md. We are incredibly excited about this opportunity and looking forward to helping more people with their hearing healthcare.  We will have a "soft opening" in August and share a Grand Opening Celebration mid-September with tours of our new Asbury facility, workshops and consultations. Stay tuned for details.

Outcomes Summer Programs
Outcomes is pleased to announce a brand new partnership with CVS. The WorkplaceSuccess Program provides young adults with disabilities with hands on experience while preparing them for the world of work. Outcomes' professional employment specialists will support the growth and learning of work skills that are essential to workplace success. Session includes working at a CVS store to apply, practice and improve job skills learned at Outcomes. The program is located at Outcomes with other supervised training days off site.  July 25 - August 11, 2016 (3 week session), 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Mondays - Thursdays. for high school juniors, seniors and graduates age 22 and under.  Call 240.813.6909 for program details and registration.

Occupational and Speech-Language Therapy
TLC's Therapeutic Summer Camps are off to a great start!  Campers have a great summer ahead including special events that our campers love!  Look out for photos of our campers in action.
Evie and her family have been coming to TLC for Occupational Therapy for about a year. A few weeks ago, Evie's mom shared their story...

Consumer Satisfaction Survey (CSS) Results
TLC staff did it again! The Family Hearing Center, Testing & Tutoring, Occupational and Speech-Language Therapy all received stellar marks on the latest Consumer Satisfaction Surveys!  Each departments received 4.6 - 4.8 out of 5.0 overall! Below are some comments from our survey participants:
  • Friendly staff, positive and safe environment, professional, and well-prepared therapists.
  • We like the professional atmosphere and friendly ambience at TLC. The speech therapist was nice and always on time.
  • Everyone was so friendly and helpful. I had a great experience.
  • It was such an easy, smooth experience that brought results.
  • All the staff are great; they make me feel and my children that we are really important.
  • (Audiologist) has worked with me for 15 years to help me through each phase as my hearing has declined.