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From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

PCDA is indeed a special place. We are the only center in Los Angeles to offer such a broad range of therapy services for children from infants to young adults! Our feeding services for children learning to eat is the only clinic with a full range of disciplines working together as a team. Our teen club and young adults programs are the only programs that build social skills and life skills through activities in the community and a focus on social-emotional development. In our early intervention Building Blocks program, our SEDI- school age program, our social skills groups, music therapy and in so many other programs, we are setting the standard of care. And, we are the only center outside of universities with a mission to train new professionals! In all we do, we utilize the DIRFloortime approach. This framework guides a comprehensive understanding of child development, and includes parents as true partners in our work. This month, I invite you to learn more about the DIRFloortime approach through our orientation program, or simply come by for a tour. And, I invite you to support PCDA through your donations. As a non-profit organization, we rely on the generosity of the community to make this all possible, and your gift will be greatly appreciated.


Diane Cullinane, M.D.
Executive Director

Upcoming Events: March

March 7, 14 & 21: Orientation to Floortime

March 12: South Pasadena South Pasadena Special Needs Conference

March 19 - April 23:
Adapted Art Lessons

March 31:
Discussion on Conservatorship

Upcoming Events: April

April 2: Walk Now For Autism Speaks @ Rose Bowl, Pasadena

- TEAM PCDA will be walking 10am-12pm...to sign up to walk with TEAM PCDA, please email AnneY@pcdateam.org. A sign up sheet will also be available in the PCDA lobby. PCDA staff, volunteers, families, and friends are all welcomed to join TEAM PCDA.

April 9: PCDA Moveathon

April 16: Whittier Autism Acceptance Walk & Resource Fair

April 24: The San Gabriel/Pomona Parents' Place 24th Annual Information Fair & Festival

Upcoming Conferences

March 10 and 11:The DIR® Approach to Pediatric Feeding

March 18 - 20: Profectum 4th Annual International Conference, PCDA will present “The DIR approach to Feeding Challenges."

Thank you to everyone who joined us for An Evening Serenade with
Tenor Maximo Marcuso at Bacchus' Kitchen!

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Profectum 4th Annual International Conference,
PCDA will present “The DIR approach to Feeding Challenges.
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Joseph Lee, Partner at Lee Green Attorneys at Law will discuss:

  • Explanation of conservatorships
  • Process of Conservatorships
  • Practical tips in filing conservatorships
  • Do’s and Don’ts regarding conservatorships
It is free. No childcare will be provided.
RSVP to jennifer@pcdateam.org
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In the Spotlight

“We are pleased to acknowledge that Tommy W., one of our former clients, has just earned his Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree from Glendale Community College. Tommy majored in Geography and he plans to attend California State University of Los Angeles in the fall to continue his education and pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Tommy joined a PCDA social skills group in 1998 at the age of five. Back then, Tommy was insular and had difficulty communicating with his peers and to a lesser extent, interacting with adults. PCDA’s therapists used “Floortime” methods to encourage interaction amongst the children.

Tommy is now twenty two years old, enjoys playing the piano and speaking French with his piano instructor. He also speaks Spanish fluently thanks to a lifetime relationship with his loving Nanny from El Salvador. Tommy’s developed independence will allow him to walk down the block from his house and take public transportation to and from CSLA. It’s great to see how professional assistance, family support and Tommy’s hard work and perseverance have turned this once insular child into a successful young man.”

-Katherine J. Wimmer
Congratulations DI of the Year
Reyhanak Shafiiha
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Thank you Reyhanak for all your hard work!
Nutrient of the Month:
Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, is one of many B-vitamins that play an important role in the body’s ability to produce energy. It is also very important for heart and brain health. Plants do not make this vitamin, so most foods rich in vitamin B12 come from animals, including fish, beef, chicken, turkey, eggs, and cow’s milk products. Try mashing this egg salad recipe together with your children and enjoy it as a unique way to meet your vitamin B12 needs.

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Egg Salad


  • 2 hardboiled eggs
  • 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt or mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon dill relish or chopped pickles
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • Optional seasonings: salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, seasoning salt, etc.


  1. Mash and mix ingredients in bowl.
  2. Enjoy!

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make an in-kind donation.
Congratulations Volunteer
of the Month Melinda Ly
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Melinda Ly is a valued volunteer with the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program. She has been an integral part of the program's success. Melinda is observed to have a natural connection with the young athletes, always interacting and modeling sports skills. She is thoughtful about her approach as she provides individual support to some of the athletes who may need more help. She has also taken great initiative with the set up of fun activities and games. Her involvement with the young athletes as well as her leadership skills continue to grow. Melinda is also a team player and enjoys working with the YAP coaches, volunteers, parents, and young athletes. Thank you, Melinda, for all of your support and commitment to the Young Athletes Program.

Thank You to Our
February Donors!

Thank you to the generous donations from donors and corporations in the month of February. We truly appreciate your support of PCDA's programs and services!

Pamela Ackrich

James Anderson

Connie & Walter Ching

William & Diane Cullinane

Elizabeth & Mike Giordano

Eric Kaufman

Harvey & Ellen Knell

Greta Mandell

Robert Michero

David Patterson

John Plumb

Gregg Smith

Alan Vlacich

Please click on the butterfly below and make your donation to PCDA today!

PCDA is committed to providing children with developmental challenges and their families with the best possible child development programs. Your donations will help us continue our commitment in leadership in service and professional education. PCDA is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Please learn more about the ways that you can support our efforts.

For further information, please contact
Julia Scheibmeir at (626) 793-7350 ext. 289.
PCDA's Mission
PCDA improves the lives of children and young adults who have autism or other developmental challenges, through leadership in family-centered, multidisciplinary services and professional training.
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