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From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

At PCDA believe in the power of play and building on a foundation of shared pleasure and trust. Using the DIRFloortime approach, children make wonderful progress in the most important life skills of communication, thinking and social skills. I invite you to learn more at our Open House on May 24th, and don’t miss the fun at Move-a-thon on May 7th, and the Variety Show on May 21st! We also have an extraordinary fundraising dinner, “Russian Nights” on May 22nd. Please join us!


Diane Cullinane, M.D.
Executive Director

May Upcoming Events

May 2, 3, 4: Caregiver Workshops
May 7: PCDA’s 2nd Annual Move-A-Thon
May 10, 17, 24: Orientation to Floortime
May 19 & 20: Superhero Social
May 21: Variety Show
May 22: Russian Nights
May 24: PCDA Open House

In the Spotlight

“We first noticed that Andrew was not meeting certain milestones and his language was not at the level of his peers when he approached 2½ years of age. Back in 1995 there was no information easily found about autism so searching for answers was very difficult and scary, but we were fortunate to have friends who knew where to direct us. After getting his first diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome we were told about Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center and we went through the intake process so Andrew would become an official consumer who was entitled to receive services. As we learned more and came to understand what therapies and programs would benefit him, PCDA was recommended for social skills. He enjoyed the interaction with staff and other clients and it helped him understand playing with other kids. We are extremely proud that Andrew graduated high school with a diploma and in June he will complete his Associates degree at Glendale Community College with an emphasis in media and broadcasting.”
-Phillip and Susan Hain

“Some of my favorite things to do include watching game shows, browsing the Internet, and walking around the community. I also volunteer at We Rock the Spectrum Kids' Gym two days a week. I play soccer in a youth league every fall and I bowl in a junior league year-round.” -Andrew Hain

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Welcome Eric Shen to the
PCDA Board of Directors

Eric Shen is a proud PCDA parent and is the Assistant Inspector in charge of the LA Division of the US Postal Inspection Service. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Asian Gang Investigators Association of California. He is honored to work alongside the Board of Directors to help children like his son Connor.

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PCDA hosted an information booth at the Autism- Welcome To Our World event at California State University Northridge on Wednesday, April 27th. Hosted by the Child & Adolescent Development Association (CADA), over 200 students, faculty, and staff joined for an afternoon of information and resources. PCDA received an overwhelming interest in volunteer and employment opportunities from students majoring in Child Development, Human Development, and Psychology.
Thank You to Pasadena Rotary for awarding us with a grant providing scholarships for our Creative Arts Summer Program!

Thank You Alchemy

PCDA's Executive Director Dr. Diane Cullinane and Chairman of the Board Eric Kaufman recently completed the Annenberg Alchemy program and received a $10,000 grant from The Annenberg Foundation! It was an honor to participate in such a great program.
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Thank You
to all the PCDA volunteers, staff, friends and supporters who joined Team PCDA at Walk Now for Autism Speaks!
Last month, PCDA occupational therapist Mariko Yamazaki-Sanchez presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) conference in Chicago. She and her colleagues from USC presented a poster entitled “Student-Driven Externships as a Model for Developing Professional Behavior and Leadership,” which used the USC trip to Ghana as a case example.
Congratulations DI of the Month
Niki Bahri
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Thank you Niki for all your hard work!
Nutrient of the Month:

Folate plays an important role in brain development, heart health and red blood cell production. It is found in many fruits and vegetables, as well as fortified foods, such as cereals.

Whole Grain cereals can be mixed with fruits in season like oranges, nectarines, apricots, peaches, and berries to pack a powerful punch of folate. Try adding a variety of fresh fruit to trail mix for a salty, sweet, crunchy, and juicy mix of fun!

Trail Mix

Choose a combination of the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole grain fortified cereal (ex: Cheerios, Chex, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, etc.)
  • 1 cup diced fruit and/or berries
  • ½ cup unsalted seeds and/or nuts (ex: sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, almond slivers, etc.)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries or raisins


Use measuring cups with your children to combine a variety of the above ingredients. Mix in a bowl and serve 1 cup servings to each person. Enjoy talking about what each person has in their portion, the colors and the textures in a fun way!

Book of the Month:
Mr. Putter & Tabby series

“This 19 book series is written for the beginning reader, about the adventures of a man and his cat. We also meet his good friend and next door neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry and her fine dog, Zeke.

Together, the people and animals explore friendship through many humorous daily experiences. These books are great to read aloud as well. Parents can comment on the illustrations and help their children begin to make inferences, or read between the lines.”

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Congratulations Volunteer
of the Month Harper McCallie
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Harper McCallie started volunteering with PCDA this year. She attends South Pasadena High School and is a sophomore. Harper chose PCDA because of her interest to work with children and her passion to make a difference. She has been volunteering in PCDA's Teen Buddies program for a few months and is amazing with the teens! She verbally expresses her passion for the program on a regular basis. She has excellent communication skills with her group's facilitators. She is great with supporting interaction amongst the teens, and supports every teen in being involved in the activities. Harper is an excellent peer model for the teens. She has been observed to engage the teens in problem solving and has picked up quickly on strategies modeled and suggested by facilitators when supporting the teens. Thank you, Harper, for your generous time and dedication to the Teen Buddies program.

Thank You to Our
April Donors!

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

Adrianne Baumle

Bill Cullinane

Carmit Eliyahu

City National Bank

Eric Kaufman

Grace Killen

Huntington Hospital

John & Lindi Killen

Julia Scheibmeir

Kerrie Phuong

Mampre & Rachel Avakian

Mr. and Mrs. Leddy

Paul Kilian

Reyhanak Shafiiha-Taylor

Sarah Avakian

Virginia LaVorin

Wolgfang & Melinda Baumle

Please click on the sun 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
Carolena Garnica at (626) 793-7350 ext. 288.
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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