Resources

At TLC, we are dedicated to providing information to our clients in order to help improve their lives and expand their possibilities. Listed below are a variety of organizations that provide services and support for families and children with special needs.

Disclaimer: These resources are for general information purposes only. The resources listed are not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. TLC does not personally endorse any of the resources listed.

Speech-Language Therapy

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is a national organization of audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Members of the organization are committed to setting standards, fostering excellence in professional practices, and advocating for members and those they serve.

The Hanen Centre provides parents and speech professionals with programs, workshops, and additional resources for early childhood language and literacy development and language delays.

Since 1966, the Prentke Romich Company has led the way in giving a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. PRC is an industry leader in the development and manufacturing of augmentative and alternative communication devices, computer access products, and other assistive technology for people with speech disabilities. PRC is also a pioneer in the field of language and vocabulary development, giving children and adults with communication challenges the ability to participate in life.

The PROMPT Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to investigating and promoting holistic, dynamic, multi-sensory assessment and interventions for individuals with speech production disorders.

Social Thinking products provide practical frameworks, strategies, activities, and vocabulary to help people ages four years through adulthood to improve their social thinking and communication skills. The main focus of the program is to teach students to think about how others perceive them.

The Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) Approach to feeding is a transdisciplinary program for assessing and treating children with feeding difficulties as well as weight and growth problems. The program is designed for children from birth to 18 years.

The Visualizing and Verbalizing program helps improve cognitive development, comprehension, and thinking skills. The program is designed for children and adults of all ages and levels.

Occupational Therapy

The American Occupational Therapy Association is a national professional association established to represent the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and students and improve the quality of occupational therapy services.

Interactive Metronome is an evidence-based assessment and training tool that measures and improves neurotiming, or the synchronization of neural impulses within key brain networks for cognitive, communicative, sensory, and motor performance.

Profectum’s goal is to create a community of caring families, clients, multidisciplinary professionals, and leaders in the field of autism research. Profectum promotes treatment approaches that address the unique needs of the individual at any stage of development from early childhood to adulthood and integrates the best treatment models across disciplines and intervention approaches.

The  STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder is the premier treatment, research, and education center for children and adults with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Services for feeding disorders and other disorders with sensory issues, including autism and ADHD, are included as well.

Vital Links offers practical, theory-oriented treatment tools that improve sensory processing, regulation, and motor functions in clinic, home, and school environments. Vital Links can effectively be utilized by therapists across multiple areas of clinical practice.

Testing, Tutoring, and Counseling

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness and improving the diagnosis, treatment, and cure of anxiety disorders in children and adults.

The Center for Parent Information and Resources provides a central “hub” of information and products created for the network of Parent Centers serving families of children with disabilities.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization serving people affected by ADHD. The organization is composed of dedicated volunteers from around the country who play an integral part in the association’s success by providing support, education, and encouragement to parents, educators, and professionals on a grassroots level.

Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental & Learning Disorders is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting each person’s development to their fullest potential. Established nearly 30 years ago, it has become the official home of DIR® and DIRFloortime®. DIRFloortime is recognized as the next generation of evidence-based intervention for autism and other developmental challenges.

International Dyslexia Association is a non-profit education and advocacy organization devoted to issues surrounding dyslexia. It serves individuals with dyslexia, their families, and professionals in the field.

KidsHealth is a nonprofit children’s health system. KidsHealth’s goal is to help parents, kids, and teens take charge of their health by giving them the tools and confidence to make the best health choices.

Learning Disabilities Association of Maryland is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all individuals with learning disabilities and their families through awareness, advocacy, education, service, and collaborative efforts.

The goal of Understood for Learning and Attention Issues is to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3 to 20, are struggling with learning and attention issues. The organization empowers them to understand their children’s issues and relate to their experiences. With this knowledge, parents can make effective choices that propel their children from simply coping to truly thriving.

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ADA Americans with Disabilities Act Mid-Atlantic Center provides information, guidance, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act tailored to meet the needs of businesses, government entities, organizations, and individuals in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Developmental Disabilities Administration of Maryland encourages and assists people with developmental disabilities to lead full lives in the communities of their choice where they are included, participate, and are active citizens.

Disability Rights Maryland is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities. They provide free legal services to Marylanders of any age with all types of disabilities (developmental, intellectual, psychiatric, physical, sensory, learning, traumatic brain injury) who live in facilities, in the community, or who are homeless.

The Division of Rehabilitation Services, often referred to as DORS, offers programs and services that help people with disabilities go to work or stay independent in their homes and communities.

Maryland Medical Assistance helps vulnerable Marylanders obtain medical assistance.

The Maryland Technology Assistance Program is a program of the Maryland Department of Disabilities. Their mission is to enhance the lives of all Marylanders with disabilities and their families by helping support access to assistive technology devices and services.

Montgomery County Public Schools Transition Services provide stakeholders with the necessary resources, tools, support, and professional development needed to ensure students a successful transition into further education, employment, and full participation in their community.

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The Social Security Administration supports customers by delivering financial support, providing superior customer service, and ensuring the safety and security of personal information.

The Family Hearing Center

The American Academy of Audiology is the world’s largest professional organization of, by, and for audiologists. The organization is dedicated to providing quality hearing care services through professional development, education, research, and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is a national organization of audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Members of the organization are committed to setting standards, fostering excellence in professional practices, and advocating for members and those they serve.

The American Tinnitus Association is a global leader in the effort to find a cure for tinnitus. The American Tinnitus Association is committed to promoting relief, helping prevent, and finding cures for tinnitus.

The mission of the A.G. Bell Association is for “all families to be informed and supported, professionals to be appropriately qualified to teach and help children with hearing loss, public policy leaders to effectively address the needs of people with hearing loss, and communities to be empowered to help their neighbors with hearing loss succeed.”

The mission of the Hearing Loss Association of America is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support, and advocacy. They promote new technology, medical research, and legislation to alleviate the effects of hearing loss.

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders is a member of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The organization is mandated to conduct and support biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language.

Additional Resources

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is a non-profit professional association dedicated to facilitating psychiatric care for children and adolescents. The organization’s mission is to promote the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through advocacy, education, and research, and to meet the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists throughout their careers.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health, and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a non-profit advocacy organization run by and for individuals on the autism spectrum. Activities include public policy advocacy, the development of autistic cultural activities, and leadership training for autistic self-advocates.

Autism Speaks is an advocacy organization that sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments, and the public. Information provided includes information about autism, signs of autism, and a comprehensive tool kit to help families access services and support.