Tribe Gives Back

TRIBE GIVES BACK! This year, the Tribe, a group of GKTC’s nonspeaking young adults, decided they wanted to devote their time and work to community philanthropy. Their efforts have been impressive.

First, the Tribe held a toy drive at GKTC and collected over 3 boxes of toys which they delivered today to Cornerstones in Reston, Virginia. Cornerstones will provide gifts for more than 1400 children this year. The Tribe met with the Cornerstone staff who were hard at work, putting bundles of toys and presents for local families. 

The Tribe also made ornaments which they sold at GKTC, raising $225 which they are donating to Bikes for Tykes through the Barbera Foundation. Tribe is already planning on future collaborations with the Barbera Foundation. 


Finally, the Tribe heard about a local family who has recently lost their home to a fire. The Tribe unanimously voted to donate the proceeds from sales of their literary magazine, In Words We Trust, to the family. 

At Growing Kids Therapy Center, we are grateful to the Tribe for reminding us that the true spirit of the holidays comes from GIVING.  

Happy Holidays!

~The Tribe, Janine, Meghann and Elizabeth 


Santa doesn’t need speech to understand

This holiday, our families from New Zealand decided to have holiday lesson swap. Each of the ten families contributed one holiday themed lesson and walked away with TEN LESSONS! Since I am no fool, I jumped right on this swap. All of the lessons have been fantastic but I have particularly enjoyed the lesson about Tinsel and the Christmas Spider, written by Kiwi mum, Jo Lussey.  In the spirit of the holidays, Jo has offered to share her lesson with all of you! I particularly enjoyed lesson because I had never heard this story before.  At the end of this lesson, I challenged my students to create a brand new Christmas story. My kids have come up with all kinds of fantastic stories but this one by friend Alex stole my heart!  ~Merry Christmas! Elizabeth & The GKTC Team

Alex decided to ride my style - tucking his pencil behind his ear!

Alex decided to ride my style – tucking his pencil behind his ear!

So many Christmases ago, there was a boy who did not have real communication. Realizing that he could not talk the way he wanted to, he could not ask Santa for communication. The boy was absolutely devastated.  However, Santa does not need speech to understand. He landed on the boy’s rooftop and slid down the chimney.  He placed a letter board in the boy’s stocking.  Wonder of wonders, the boy who could not communicate could spell. He loved to spell and share his words with the world.  This was the merriest Christmas in his life.

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