TLC is off to a snowy start in 2016

Happy New Year!  After mild weather for our holiday season, winter arrived with a vengeance in 2016. TLC "weathered" the storm well and our students finally made it back to school after 5 days of unanticipated vacation.   You will see from our news that TLC continues to be visible in the community. Our KTS students showcased their talents at The MANSEF Conference in Baltimore and shared holiday cheer with the Ingleside at King Farm Assisted Living residents. Our students truly made us proud!  We are pleased to be providing hearing healthcare services at Asbury Methodist. Our recent "Lunch and Learn" brought Asbury residents and other members of the community to the Family Hearing Center where we hosted an informational event.  One of our strategic goals is to 'Raise Visibility in the Community."  We work to meet this challenge every day and ask for your help with this initiative. Help us spread the word about our outstanding and much needed programs and services. 

Stay warm and think spring.

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

News from The Katherine Thomas School

Ingleside Resident and KTS Choir Sharing Music and Fun
Thank you to  Ingleside at King Farm  Assisted Living for hosting a wonderful holiday party for residents and KTS students! Thanks also to KTS staff Shelley McGinness, Cobi Waxman, Kay Heintze  lman, Leslie LeBlanc, Julie Lauricella for making this day possible for students.

KTS Makes a Splash at MANSEF Conference

Katherine Thomas School staff attended the Maryland Association of Nonpublic Schools Education Facilities (MANSEF) Conference. Staff and students were involved on many levels. To
 start, the KTS student choir performed at the  conference opening ceremony in front of 1,800 people! This was a long day for students, with a lot of patient waiting for their performance. The were fantastic and the audience appreciation was very enthusiastic. KTS student Noah's artwork was displayed on MANSEF conference book cover!

KTS/TLC staff presented three workshops: Building An Assistive-Technology Toolkit WithMobile Apps, by David Peal, Special Education Teacher at KTS and Cheryl Bregman, Pediatric Occupational Therapist in private practice;  Developing the Essential Classroom Skills of Bilateral Coordination and Visual Integration, by Laetetia Bergeron and Laura Jean Michels-Graybeal, both Occupational Therapists at KTS; and  Getting to Know the New WISC V, by Sarah Towne, Psy.D., Psychologist, The Treatment and Learning Centers.    

Special Thank You!
A very special thanks to Revere Bank in Gaithersburg, MD for choosing a KTS family to receive their Employee Holiday Cheer Funding.  A KTS family was experiencing a difficult time financially, and the gift from Revere Bank helped make their holiday season more bright.  The receipient family was very touched at the generosity of Revere Bank. We are all grateful to have a special partnership with Revere Bank.

Clowning for Teens... Dive into slapstick!

Mondays, March 7 to May 23 (no class 3/28 or 4/11)
3:45 - 5:15 pm 
Grades 6 - 12, $300 (10 sessions)

Share the flyer!

The Treatment and Learning Centers in partnership with ArtStream is pleased to present Clowning for Teens, an inclusive after school drama group for students with special needs held at The Katherine Thomas School. Siblings and friends are welcome too! Sessions are led by trained theater professionals with the help of additional staff and volunteers. Dive into slapstick! Participants will explore physical comedy and deepen non-verbal communication skills, while creating memorable characters and developing comedy sketches. No make-up required, red nose optional! Classes are held at The Katherine Thomas School, and are open to students throughout the region. We are serious about having fun! 

Golf News!

TLC is excited to announce that Ryan Aschenbach is chairing the 
25th Annual Golf Classic committee. He is the third generation of a family of supporters which began back in 1984 with
Lois Aschenbach. We are pleased to have the next generation on board. Ryan w ill bring a new perspective as we gather community support to advance TLC's mission of ser ving individuals with special needs. New this year, is possibly the addition of a Tennis Tournament. Mark your calendars for June 6th at Bretton Woods Golf Club and stay tuned for more information. If you are interested in serving or playing in this year's Classic, please reach out to Teresa Witt.  Welcome aboard Ryan!

News from TLC's services...

Commitment to Community at The Family Hearing Center

The Family Hearing Center (FHC) recently hosted an over overwhelmingly successful Lunch & Learn.  We are committed hosting free, community-based events to share information about healthy hearing throughout Montgomery County. Currently FHC holds Monthly Walk In Clinics at Asbury Methodist Village. FHC Director Susan Yaffe-Oziel gives frequent talks in the community at resident and senior centers. Our continued dedication to The Help Others Hear  program has provided free hearing aids to dozens of children and adults who could not otherwise afford them. 

Outcomes Pep Rally
If only fan enthusiasm could change the outcome of a football game!  Employee Development Specialist and Redskins fan Brendan Doyle recruited staff to surprise long-time Outcomes consumer, and possibly one of the most devoted Redskin's fans around, Ephraim C. 

Staff, set aside their own team preferences and decked out in Redskins spirit wear to sing Hail To The Redskins with Ephraim.  As you can see by the photo, Ephraim was delighted!   #HTTR! 
Excerpt from:, Nov. 5, 2015.

10 Benefits Of Special Education Tutoring For Children With Learning Disabilities
Suzie Dalien, M.Ed.

10 Benefits Of Special Education Tutoring For Children With LD | Special Education Resource
Special education tutoring is one of the most valuable services that a parent can secure for a child who lives with a learning disability. Children with learning disabilities are often overwhelmed by the difficulties they face in a group-learning environment. Moreover, these children are additionally tasked with the challenge of completing a range of standardized tests. Often, these tests are structured in direct opposition to the way in which they confront and process information. Whether dealing with autism spectrum disorders, dysgraphia, dyslexia, language processing trouble, ADHD or any other learning-related challenge, special education tutoring can help pave the way to academic success. Following are ten ways that students can benefit from special education tutoring.

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Registration is open for TLC's Speech and Occupational Therapy Camps!

Camps designed for young children with speech-language and/or occupational therapy needs.  SMALL GROUPS!!  Exciting Weekly Themes * Arts and Crafts * Yoga * Music and Drama * Outdoor Water Activities * Special Visitors!   Watch our video to see what the fun is all about.