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Edible Garden

Extremely therapeutic and rewarding, gardening is known to improve neuromuscular, cognitive, sensory, and communicative abilities. Residents experience the literal meaning of growth by planting and nurturing organic flowers, vegetables, and plants in a beautiful and serene outdoor garden.

Science Center

Are disabled persons interested in science? The National Center for Educational Statistics reports that in 2011–12, students with disabilities made up 11 percent of students enrolled in postsecondary educational institutions. Through individualized presentations and interactive lab exercises, TLC residents gain a basic or even advanced understanding of various scientific theories and workings.

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Kindergarten Classroom

Woodworking Department

As a vocational program, woodworking offers unique skill-set lessons and opportunities not only to create but also rehabilitate. The Woodworking Set Department at TLC is complete with all the tools necessary for residents to learn and ultimately gain building independence in a safe and secure environment.


The formative years of any child’s life, yet alone a child with disabilities, can be crucial to their future growth and self-confidence. The educational staff at TLC understands that positive reinforcement and attention can play a big role in determining a child’s success and takes a one-on-one approach to children to make certain that all their needs are met.

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Working & Learning Kitchen

Cooking and baking can be loads of fun and highly educational! The TLC Working and Learning Kitchen is modeled with safety in mind and built to accommodate disabled persons with mobility impairments and challenges.  The adaptive kitchen tools help residents learn how to work and maneuver in the kitchen so they can participate in creating an assortment of dishes they will certainly be proud of.

Camping Area

TLC residents and their families bond together in the great outdoors; experiencing nature, enjoying family picnics, participating in activities, and sleeping under the stars. Whether it's physical, behavioral, or medical, the TLC counselors and staff are trained and equipped to keep residents safe and healthy in the great outdoors.

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Students in Music Room

Play Area

Fun for everyone! The TLC Play Area is built to accommodate all-ages and is all about inclusive play for the entire community. The Play Area features the latest ADA compliant equipment and includes early childhood and school-age playgrounds, fitness systems, and other modified structures. Playing is a great way to strengthen motor and cognitive skills and improve overall socialization.

Music Room describes music therapy an effective educational and therapeutic tool for both children and adults with forms of disabilities.  Neurologic Music Therapy is defined as the therapeutic application of music to cognitive, sensory, and motor function due to neurologic disease of the human nervous system.  The TLC music room is a “sanctuary of sound,” filled with musical instruments, and dedicated to the utilization of rhythm and melodies to motivate residents and build their self-confidence.

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Sensory Room

Colors, textures, sounds, bubbles, glowing lights—when residents visit the TLC Sensory Room, enter a wonderful safe space that can be stimulating yet relaxing at the same time. A multi-sensory experience for residents of all ages, the Sensory Room is designed to focus on sensory integration. It is a place where exploration is encouraged yet monitored. Sensory spaces have been known to help persons with disabilities better cope with the flashing lights, loud noises, and different smells that exist in the everyday world around them.

Augmented/Virtual Reality Room

Imagine an interactive dream-space where the real world is enhanced by computer-generated perceptual information. Using the latest advances in augmented and virtual reality, the TLC Augmented and Virtual Reality Room offers educational adventures through computer-generated graphics, audio, and video. As research has shown, there are limitless possibilities in the role that augmented and virtual reality can play in improving the lives of disabled persons.

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Intensive Suit Therapy

Intensive Suit Therapy was originally designed during the 1970s for Russian cosmonauts to help their bodies deal better with prolonged weightlessness in space. According to a study published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science, the Intensive Suit has been successful in improving gross motor function such as arms and legs coordination and walking for children with cerebral palsy. TLC offers Intensive Suit therapy to treat children with cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular conditions.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) Treatment

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room or tube. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well-established treatment for decompression sickness, a hazard of scuba diving. Other conditions treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy include serious infections, bubbles of air in your blood vessels, and wounds that won't heal as a result of diabetes or radiation injury. In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the air pressure is increased to three times higher than normal air pressure. Under these conditions, the lungs can gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure. The blood carries this oxygen throughout the body.

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