November 2018
TLC E-Newsletter
A Message from the Executive Director 
It is hard to believe it, but we are deep into Fall (with our first snow day arriving well before expected). As the air gets colder and the daylight shortens, the pace at TLC has not changed; if anything, we are full steam ahead! TLC staff members have been actively participating in events to raise visibility and awareness of issues which we have expertise in our community. From our clinicians speaking at parent workshops at KTS, preschools, physician offices, and community senior centers, to our school engaging in fun and educational activities both inside and outside of our school, the TLC community never stops thinking, moving, and growing to best help those we serve.

We look forward to a winter full of programs, progress, excitement, and limited snow days (the administrative point of view).

Patricia A. Ritter, PhD
Executive Director, The Treatment and Learning Centers 
The Katherine Thomas School
Preschool - Lower School

Just to name a few exciting out-of-school events, Clare Colton and Tim Herzet hosted a group of middle schoolers on a trip to the National Gallery of Art in downtown DC and our Preschool and K-1 classes visited Butler's Orchard for the Fall Festival. In the classroom, Ms. Falco's social studies class gave presentations on Aspects of Government , Mr. Miller's 6th graders studied "Types of Rocks" and Ms. Wendy's PE classes focused on Track and Field. We ended October with a very festive Fall/Halloween party and parade.

Save the date for the fundraising dinner at the Silver Diner located at Federal Plaza, 12276 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852 on December 6, 5:00 PM. Enroll in the Eat Well, Do Well Rewards Club to earn benefits for you and your local school. Benefits for You. Earn one point each visit (minimum purchase of $5) - 5 points within 5 months earns a $5 reward.
Upper School

David Peal presented a workshop on Educational Technology at Home to many KTS parents. Parents commented that that the presentation was very informative and showed them so many useful tools that they otherwise would not have known about. They appreciated his patience with their many specific questions and all felt more confident in helping their students to take advantage of the many extensions and tools covered.
The Family Hearing Center
The Family Hearing Center is having a busy Fall. We started our monthly Hearing Loss Support Group at Ingleside at King Farm and continue to hold a monthly support group at Asbury Village. 

Susan was invited by the Montgomery County Police to give a short talk at ArcLight Cinema to seniors about Safety and Hearing Loss.

The audiologists have been busy attending training on new hearing aid technology in order to provide our patients with better benefit from amplification.
Outpatient Services
In October, Dr. Melissa Smith presented to a local women's business group regarding the topic Executive Functioning in adults. Dr. Smith discussed what impaired executive functioning looks like in an office environment, and solutions.

TLC's speech-language pathologists participated in a continuing education workshop to learn about new technology and augmentative and alternative communication devices so as to best serve our clients.

Even though winter is just approaching, we are busy thinking about Fun in the Sun. Planning for our 2019 camp programs has started. Stay tuned for more details in early January!

Brigid Baker will be giving a workshop to the staff at Badlands regarding how to support children with sensory and regulation difficulties in their unique space. Stay-tuned for more information about our collaboration with Badlands!

Testing and Tutoring brought on an assessment and therapy Extern, Ezra Feldman, from Argosy University. Welcome to the TLC community, Ezra!
The Outcomes Service
October 10, 2018 the Montgomery County Inter/ACC Recognition Reception honored outstanding Direct Support Professionals (DSP) and Community Builders. TLC Outcomes honored DSP Reka Daroczi for providing excellent services to the people she supports and to the TLC Outcomes team. Pictured here (bottom right picture) from left to right: Jan Miller-Vogel, Director TLC Outcomes, Reka Daroczi, TLC Outcomes DSP, and Stacey Briggs, TLC Outcomes Program Coordinator. TLC Outcomes also honored the Safeway on Darnestown Road as an outstanding community builder for their commitment to employing people with developmental disabilities and for their excellent partnership in working with TLC Outcomes. Tonza Price, Store Director accepted this award. Pictured here (bottom left picture) from left to right: Jan Miller-Vogel, Director TLC Outcomes, Tonza Price, Safeway Store Director, and Stacey Briggs, TLC Outcomes Program Coordinator.
Fall Programs
There is still time to sign up for one or more of our many Fall Programs at TLC! Check out some of the options:

Fall Therapeutic Interaction Group
  • Date: Starting the week of September 3rd
  • Ages: 2.5-6
  • Day/Times: Groups will be Tuesday/Thursday morning 8:45-11:15 and Wednesday 1:00-3:30
  • Sign up: Call Lisa Torvik 301.424.5200 x306

Forming Now! Social & Emotional Skills Groups
  • Date: Wednesdays
  • Ages: Elementary to Early Middle School
  • Time: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
  • Location: Gaither Rd Office
  • Sign up:, 301.424.5200, ext. 226
ACT Preparation Class
  • Date: January 8 - March 5 (8 weeks)
  • Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays 
  • Time: 5:30p.m. - 7:45p.m.
  • Instructors: Team-Taught by Math and English tutoring specialists with expertise in test preparation
  • Location: Gaither Rd Office

And more programs offered!
Call Lisa Torvik for more info, 301.424.5200 x306
Development Digest
Supporting TLC's Caring Neighbor fund helps a child or adult with special needs thrive and receive the services that they need. Donations to the Caring Neighbor Fund help provide scholarships to children attending The Katherine Thomas School, support outpatient therapies for families who otherwise could not afford the services, and provide free hearing aids for individuals with hearing loss. Click here to donate and help expand possibilities of an individual with special needs
The Fall Luncheon was held on November 1st and was a huge success. TLC is proud to announce the Rill Family - Mary and Jimmy Rill, and Jim F. Rill, Sr. as our 2018 Champion of our Fall Luncheon (pictured below). The Rill family have been supporters of TLC’s Katherine Thomas School for over 17 years and have given their time, talents and treasure to support the mission of improving lives and expanding possibilities of our students. Thank you Rill Family!

Thanks to all our sponsors and attendees who helped to raised over $42,000 from the event. We especially enjoyed the testimony from Dawnyell Pryor who shared her story and the difference TLC has made in her life. 
Marketing Department
Did you know that TLC offers 6 Main Services: Outpatient Services (including Speech and Occupational Therapy Services), The Family Hearing Center, The Katherine Thomas School, Testing, Tutoring, and Counseling, The Outcomes Service, and Summer Programs? We help individuals with various needs. Please spread the word about our services to your friends, family, etc.

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