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From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

There were so many special moments in the Variety Show last month, but especially the smiles on the children as they finished their performances. There is such joy and pride in their accomplishment and it was shared by all. We are so thankful for all our amazing staff, the volunteers, funders, and donors that make it possible for children and their families to have these experiences. We look forward to many more activities, challenges, and accomplishments in the month ahead. Please read about all the events and opportunities for you to join!


Diane Cullinane, M.D.
Executive Director

June Upcoming Events

June 4: Adpated Art Lessons
June 11:
Teen Club/Teen Buddies Car Wash
June 14, 21 & 28: Orientation to Floortime

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Teen Club/Teen Buddies Car Wash
June 11, 2016
Location: PCDA Parking Lot
620 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
Time: 10:15am-12:00pm
Cost: Cars $8 / Trucks $10
Refreshments will be available!
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In the Spotlight
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Congratulations to Enrique Duarte, a current PCDA client, for receiving the Reimagine Autism Award from The Autism Society of Los Angeles. The award ceremony recognizes self-advocates who have redefined what the world thinks of autism. On the final day of Autism Acceptance and Empowerment Month, they recognized the accomplishments of five extraordinary individuals with autism.

Enrique was awarded the Reimagine Autism Award for being an advocate for the disability community and for helping the world listen to music that people with autism can make. He is a self-taught musician; playing guitar and bass for over 2 years. He has performed at several events, including the World Games Special Olympics at USC this past summer.

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Welcome Kyle Galloway to the
Board of Directors

Kyle Galloway truly believes in PCDA and its mission. He comes to us with a passion for the cause and great experience in fundraising and event planning. While he is actively working with Boy Scouts of America he’s also an active participant in committees such as Pasadena Rotary, Tournament of Roses, and a youth soccer coach. He is excited to be an ambassador for PCDA’s mission and we are thrilled to have him on board!

We are honored to have received a grant from Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts to provide music therapy scholarships to PCDA children and families!
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Thank you to Edgar Gonzalez and the Occidental College Soccer Team for helping with PCDA’s paint day!
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The DIR® Model is an ambitious one made up of many puzzle pieces. It involves a team of professionals who co-ordinate their services in the best interest of each child and family. It relies on an active participation from caregivers. The key aspect of this model is that it is a comprehensive model that has a developmental framework. Click here to read more.
PCDA occupational therapists Jill Tahara and Kristy Seaver graduated from USC with their clinical doctorates in occupational therapy (OTD) in May 2016. Congratulations!
PCDA participated in the San Gabriel Chamber's 11th Annual Business Expo on Wednesday, May 18th. The theme was "Making a financial investment in your business at the expo!" PCDA had fun creating a booth that celebrated our most valued investment- children. Thank you to all the families, businesses, and community supporters who visited our booth for information about PCDA's programs and services.

Thanks to everyone who attended our Russian Nights Event, and congratulations to our auction winners!

Congratulations DI of the Month Tamara Robles

Thank you Tamara for all your
hard work!

Congratulations Volunteer of the Month Candy Xu

Candy has been a dedicated PCDA volunteer with a vision to involve her fellow students at South Pasadena and the community. Candy started a charitable foundation called The Candy Foundation with a goal to raise money and gain supporters to benefit charitable organizations. Believing in PCDA's mission to provide excellent services to children with special needs, Candy nominated PCDA as a charity to receive funding support from The Candy Foundation. Over the holidays, The Candy Foundation hosted an art auction at South Pasadena High School in which artwork by PCDA's Teen Club were showcased and auctioned. With over $500 raised from the auction and other events throughout the year, The Candy Foundation was a proud supporter of PCDA's recent Variety Show. We are very fortunate for the enthusiasm and support of Candy and The Candy Foundation. PCDA is honored to be chosen as your charity this year. We look forward to more collaborative projects in the future.
Check out one of our Teen Buddies group during their community service project/Saturday activity that they did called 'Fight Fires with Cookies'. The group prepared baked and store bought cookies and prepared ‘thank you’ notes to express their gratitude for their service. The teens presented it to our local fire station on Lake Avenue. The firefighters welcomed our Teen Buddies group with a tour and a Q&A opportunity!
by Dr. Brandt

Preparing to lead my first evening Orientation to Floortime™ class, I’m thinking about how to convey Dr. Greenspan’s main ideas in the most useful ways. Now that we are moving to an evening format, how do we use three 90-minute classes to cover the breadth and depth of making Floortime™ an enriching part of day-to-day family life? One key idea is to follow the child’s lead. It sounds so simple! But what does this mean if the child’s play is becoming overly repetitive or aggressive? What does it mean if the child is starting to have a meltdown? We don’t just have a second meltdown right alongside! (Well, maybe we do, but we’d rather not!) Well, one way we can think of it is to follow the child’s emotional interest… Read more

Dr. Diane welcomed the Los Angeles Regional Advisory Committee of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities for a tour of PCDA, and then made a presentation to the group in their meeting, which was held at PCDA. Here is Dr. Diane with Jay Lytton, member of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, and PCDA Ambassador.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 2016 Open House!
A special thank you to Girl Scout Troop #5481
for volunteering their time to help out PCDA!

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For Harvest Moon sponsorship opportunities please visit: www.pcdateam.org/harvestmoonsponsorship
Book of the Month:
Magic Tree House series

94 works, 54 primary works

Fantasy for children ages 5-8.

In the first book, Dinosaurs Before Dark, brother and sister, Jack and Annie discover a magic tree house that is actually a time machine.

The sibling team have many fantastical adventures and still make it home in time for dinner. This book is another nice chapter book series for parents to read aloud with their children who are not quite ready to read on their own, but would enjoy a sustained narrative to hear over several days. The plot lines become just a little suspenseful with the knowledge that everyting will always be okay for Jack and Annie. Exploring emotional themes like surprise, fear, worry and excitement through the story can be a good way to help your child begin to feel and talk about his or her emotions with you.

Nutrient of the Month:

Potassium is a mineral that supports healthy blood pressure. It helps keep your kidneys, heart and brain healthy. Most people do not meet the recommended daily intake for potassium, making it that much more important to include in your everyday meals!

Vegetables and fruit, especially green leafy vegetables, are good sources of potassium. Try making these Berry Red Veggie Popsicles from Kids Activities Blog with your children. They are a great source of this mineral! A science experiment to see what they look like before and after they are frozen is a fun way to “cook” with kids!

Veggie Pop


  • Funnel
  • Plastic sleeves
  • Small bands to tie off ends of pops
  • 1 Cup of Blueberries
  • 1 Cup of chopped Red Chard
  • 1/2 Red Pepper
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 cup of Apple Juice


  • Wash the fruits and veggies with your children. Let them help you organize the ingredients and touch and smell them BEFORE blending them to help them understand what the ingredients are like before and after.
  • Put the veggies, fruit and apple juice into a blender with your children.
  • Blend until the ingredients are smooth.
  • Fill the sleeves with the veggie mix.
  • Freeze. This recipe will make 4-5 pops.

For more Veggie pop ideas visit: http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/71409/healthy-veggie-popsicles

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Thank You to Our
May Donors!

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

Alan and Lin Vlacich

Alexander’s Steakhouse

Bill and Diane Cullinane

Bob Davidson

Brian Tengco

California Pizza Kitchen

Casey and Catherine Adams

Claud Beltran & Company

Connie and Walter Ching

Craig and Carolyn Watson

Cynthia Abrams

Dolby Match Program

Eric and Kelly Shen

Eric and Kimberly Kaufman

John and Melinda Killen

Karen Beutler

Kerrie Phuong

Kimber and Matthew Crow

Louise Garnica

Mary Allison

Michael Antonovich

Michael and Leslie Bernard

Nathan and Jackie Kruger

Pasadena Showcase House

Pasadena Symphony and Pops

Paul Kilian

Peter and Greta Mandell

Rachel Avakian

Rachel Rosales

Ruslan Biryukov

The Rose Bowl

Theresa DonLucas

Wolfgang & Melinda Baumle

Wonderful Giving

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

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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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