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From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

PCDA is a busy place! Our Teen Club and Teen Buddies programs are growing, and our new Young Adults program has just started another session! The Young Athletes Special Olympics program is back is session after the holiday break, and we have many new volunteers joining our ranks! Please read about all the exciting activities and opportunities for you and your children this month.


Diane Cullinane, M.D.
Executive Director

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In the Spotlight

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Congrats to Evan Y. for graduating from occupational therapy! Evan made so much progress during the course of occupational therapy. He and his mother worked so hard to practice many of the skills and apply the strategies used during OT sessions. It was truly a collaborative effort! We can't wait to see what great things he will do in the future! Evan’s mom shared, “It has been great 5 years for Evan and us! Both my husband and I are so happy to see Evan’s growth in many areas and our growth on how to help him. Thank you so much!”
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Check out our new PSA for DIRFloortime!
Thanks to Pasadena Media for putting it together!
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Thank you
to Pasadena-Foothills Association of Realtors Charitable Foundation for the $5500 grant!

Photo by Jamie Pham.
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Thank you to all the families who participated in our Special Olympics Young Athletes Pasadena kickoff event! We’re looking forward to a great 2016 season including basketball, baseball, soccer and kickball.
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PCDA Around the World
PCDA Occupational Therapist Mariko Yamazaki-Sanchez is getting ready for her 8th annual trip to Ghana, West Africa! She will be co-coordinating a team of 31 occupational therapy clinicians and students for USC. They will be there for 2 weeks, working with Mephibosheth Training Centre (a special needs boarding school) as well as some local clinics and universities. The team is requesting any new or used medical or adaptive equipment, such as walkers, crutches, canes, AFOs, and splints. Donations will be accepted through February 24 and can be left at PCDA reception.
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Thank you
Assemblyman Tom Lackey for supporting services for children with disabilities! Click here to read article.
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Thank you
to Twohey’s and Tanya Christos for hosting a book drive for PCDA!
Save the Date for PCDA’s 8th Annual Harvest Moon
September 17, 2016!

We are pleased to announce our honorees for the 2016 Harvest Moon Gala:

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John Plumb is a member of the PCDA Board of Directors and we will be pleased to present him with the PCDA Community Service Award. John Plumb has dedicated many years to philanthropic service organizations and is an active member of numerous fraternal organizations. In addition, John is a person of great compassion and generously supports individuals and groups through his care and generosity.

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The Greenspan Humanitarian award will be presented to Dr. Mona Delahooke, a clinical child psychologist with a focus on early childhood development. In addition to working with children and families she is well respected for providing training and consultation across the United States, and for her helpful blog about children with special needs. Her work is informed by the groundbreaking model of child development pioneered by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and Dr. Serena Wieder, known as the DIR® (Developmental, Individual-difference, Relationship-based) approach.

It will be a privilege to honor these two outstanding individuals.
Welcome to our new Music Therapy Intern Stephanie Fastro
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Welcome to our Pacific Oaks College Practicum Students
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Yadira Ornelas, Sonya Flores,
Alana Molina
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PCDA’s 50/50 Campaign

Every day PCDA transforms the lives of local families and children that face huge challenges with courage and grace. The love of parents for their children combined with the hope that our skilled professionals can provide, work together to achieve amazing results. A boy learns to manage his very strong emotions so that he and Dad can work through a disappointment with warmth and closeness. A girl learns to try new foods at mealtime with her family that has been struggling to help her gain weight. Another boy forms a friendship in social skills group, and is confident in suggesting his ideas for the first time. We are so proud to be a resource to the community and to each individual child and family that comes to us for help. Click here to learn more.

Congratulations DI of the Year
Brooke Hines
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Thank you Brooke for all your hard work!
Children’s Book of the Month
Moo! by David LaRochelle
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When Cow gets her hooves on the farmer's car, she takes it for a wild ride through the country. Moooo! But a bump in the road brings this joy ride to a troublesome end. Moo-moo. . . Has Cow learned her lesson about living life in the fast lane? Moo?

This imaginative picture book will have readers laughing one moment and on the edge of their seats the next, as it captures the highs and lows of a mischievous cow's very exciting day.

Nutrient of the Month:

Calcium is a mineral that is important for healthy bones. It also plays a role in muscle and nerves function. Remind your growing children that calcium is something they need to grow big and strong!

Dairy-based foods, such as milk, cheese and yogurt, are the most common sources of calcium that Americans eat. However, it is also present in non-dairy foods sources, like almonds, spinach and tofu. Try these fun yogurt popsicles with your children. A science experiment to see what they look like before and after they are frozen, what they all taste like and which are everybody’s favorites is a fun way to cook with kids!

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Frozen Yogurt and Fresh Fruit Pops


  • 12 ounces plain yogurt
  • 2 cups cut up fruit (Use a variety for your experiment. Examples include: blueberries, bananas, cherries, mango, grapefruit, peaches, raspberries, oranges, pineapple, plums)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 6- 5ounce paper cups


  1. In blender, mix 2oz. yogurt (about ¼ cup) with 1/3 cup fruit of your choice and a pinch of honey. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour mixture in to 1 paper cup.
  3. Repeat for each different pop type you would like to make.
  4. Cover each cup with foil and insert craft stick in to center of each pop.
  5. Place in freezer until frozen (may take 4-6 hours).
  6. Once frozen, Enjoy!

Rate your pops and write down your favorites to try next time with another variety of fruit.

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Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Support your PCDA by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com. To learn more please click here.

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Click here to visit our wish list to
make an in-kind donation.
Congratulations Volunteer
of the Month Stefan Studer
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Stefan began volunteering at PCDA last year as a committee member for PCDA’s first-ever Move-a-thon. Stefan immediately felt connected to the cause and wanted to do more. As a professional celebrity and fashion photographer, Stefan offered to take portraits for PCDA families free of charge. The first round of portraits was a huge success and soon more families were interested. Stefan has now taken four rounds of family portraits, providing beautiful, high quality photos to more than 30 families. In addition, he recently created a 2016 PCDA calendar with the photos he has taken here. These photos have not only been an incredible gift to PCDA families, but also to our organization. Thank you, Stefan, for your selflessness and commitment to helping PCDA advance its mission!

PCDA's Volunteer of the Month is sponsored by Lovebirds Cafe in Pasadena. We thank Lovebirds Café in Pasadena for helping us celebrate and honor our volunteers for their support and dedication!

Thank You to Our
January Donors!

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

Nadia Ahern
Susan Alexander
William Cullinane
Laura Franke
Pamela Fung
Levi Gelineau
Eric Kaufman
Jay Krieger
Lockton Insurance
Pasadena-Foothills Association of Realtors Charitable Foundation
Rae Solomon

Please click on the owl 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
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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