Have you heard about the online Floortime Repository?
This free online community provides a wealth of information for families with special needs interested in DIR/Floortime. Sign up for FREE, and then explore forums, groups, watch Floortime videos, and learn about educational opportunities.
This is an exciting and fun way to support PCDA and have a chance to win cool items such as entertainment tickets, dining gift certificates, toys and more!
Go to BiddingForGood every day between now and December 13 to see new items in store and win great gifts for the holiday season!
Please contact Adam Pilder, Chief Development Officer,
at 626-793-7350 ext. 289 Email: Adam@PasadenaChildDevelopment.org
Performances by the children of PCDA's Music programs!
Questions? (626) 793-7350 x261
PCDA clients and families of all ages were privileged to enjoy a live performance by members of the Pasadena Symphony & Pops on Saturday, November 16th. As part of their "Random Acts of Music," a string quartet arrived to an eager crowd on Saturday morning to perform classical hits. Clients displayed their enjoyment by singing along, air conducting and dancing.
The extraordinary event ended with an instrument petting zoo where the children were able to try playing various instruments. Some PCDA parents remarked it was a once in a lifetime opportunity for many of their children and how grateful they are towards the Pasadena Symphony & Pops for this enjoyable event.
We ask that toy donations be NEW, UNWRAPPED, and NOT battery operated. Please drop off toys at any of these participating Pasadena businesses:
Please help support PCDA’s fundraising efforts by collecting gift certificates and items from your local shops and restaurants.
We need donations of:
The Nork Orphanage houses approximately 80 infants and toddlers, from newborns to six years of age.
What They Need:
You can drop off supplies in the box located in the PCS room at PCDA.
Please contact Angelika M. at (626) 793-7350 x285 for more information.
The event was a huge success and together we accomplished many things, including raising money for DIR advocacy efforts, and presenting a fabulous educational conference. Thank you to Lou Vismara, Policy Consultant to Senator Darrell Steinberg, the honoree at the Annual Evening Gala. We look forward to seeing you at next year's DIR Conference and Gala!
Our Halloween Socials took place on October 28th and 31st and were a big success! Many of our social skills groups and individual clients stopped by for some arts and crafts, games, and spooky treats! We can't wait to see everyone again next year.
PCDA celebrated its fifth annual Harvest Moon Dinner and Art Auction Saturday night in South Pasadena at the home of Mario and Therese Molina on Chelten Way. Our special event attracted a crowd of 250 people!
Attorney Mark Woodsmall received the Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D. Humanitarian Award for his dedication to children with developmental challenges and their families.
The celebratory evening featured live music, gourmet foods and wines, art, jewelry, and home décor auctions. Proceeds from ticket sales and auction items will benefit PCDA programs and services. Click here to see the article in South Pasadena Now.
PCDA's Physical Therapy department is now contracted
with Blue Shield of California.
For more information about Physical Therapy services,
click here or contact Julie Miller at (626) 793-7350 x225.
On Saturday, August 10th, PCDA's Teen Club held its second annual Artist's Gallery at Lineage Performing Arts Center in Pasadena. It was a great event as parents and friends came out to celebrate our talented artists, poets, painters, musicians, and animators! We look forward to doing it again next year!
A special THANK YOU to Isabel LaGue for taking pictures of the evening's event!
Friday August 30th • 7:10pm
Tickers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis so get your order in early! All PCDA families, staff and friends are eligible to buy tickets. Tickets are non-returnable and non-refundable.
Click here for a flyer and order form.
For more information, please contact Jenn at (626) 793-7350 x222.
On Saturday, July 13th, PCDA held a fundraiser at a beautiful home in La Canada to celebrate PCDA's involvement in an important project that was three years in the making. Funded by the federal Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ), the "Interacting with Autism" website project is in its final stages and will soon be launched. The website is video intensive, emotive, and interactive to disseminate the latest and most reliable information on how to understand, treat, and live with ASD.
Marsha Kinder, University Professor and award-winning documentary filmmaker from the USC School of Cinematic Arts presented the new website to our guests on Saturday. Several of PCDA's specialists were interviewed to provide expert information on using the DIR/Floortime Approach, and several PCDA families were also filmed as they shared experiences and personal stories about their journey.
Proceeds help support PCDA's mission to provide quality programs and services to families and children with special needs. Thank you!
On Thursday April 25 and Friday April 26 PCDA families enjoyed crafts, games, snacks and music in a beautifully decorated, spring-themed room, and lots of fun was had by all. Thanks everyone!
to everyone who supported PCDA's Psychology and Counseling Services Department at the Old Town Pasadena Barnes & Noble Bookfair on April 9th-12th. Proceeds from store and online purchases will directly benefit the department in purchasing materials and toys.
We would also like to thank Barnes & Noble for hosting the Bookfair Fundraiser, Starbucks in Old Town for donating delicious coffee, Dream Dinners for their generous raffle donation, and Flights of Fantasy for reading to the kiddos during Storytime!
Congratulations to our RAFFLE WINNERS...
Julie Williams ($200 Dream Dinners Gift Certificate) and Tina Babakhanloo (Toy Basket)!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Diner on Main Fundraiser for the Autism Speaks Walk! On Tuesday, April 16th PCDA held a fundraiser at Diner on Main in Alhambra that raised over $200 for Team PCDA's contribution to Walk Now For Autism Speaks.
The Profectum Foundation's 1st International Conference, entitled "Three Dimensional Thinking: Expanding Frontiers to Advance Development for Children Across the Lifespan", is happening in Pasadena in April!
There are great speakers coming to this conference, and it is VENDORED through Regional Center: RC PD2979, VC 102. Dr. Cullinane and Program Specialist Jenn Aceves will be presenting about PCDA's Teen Club.
Don't miss it! Click here for more information and to register.
Show off your swing at PCDA's third annual Golf Tournament! Enjoy a relaxing day of golf on a Jack Nicklaus designed course at the Angeles National Golf Club in Sunland. The day of fun includes lunch, contest and prizes, an auction, and awards dinner.
Angeles National Golf Club
|9401 Foothill Blvd.
Sunland, CA 91040
To register and for more information go to: pcda.golfregistrations.com
Pasadena Child Development Associates, Inc. would like to invite you to our new Korean Parent Support Group. This informational meeting is to guide you on how to seek services through Regional Centers, Insurance and/or School Districts.
We will discuss successful ways to communicate concerns regarding your child, therapeutic models that will benefit your child's overall development and resources for you to use when inquiring about services. We hope that you will join us and we hope to be able to answer any of your questions and/or concerns. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
To RSVP for the support group, please contact Christine Kim at (626)793-7350 extension 283.
Any parent whose child receives services at PCDA is eligible to fill out a survey.
Surveys are available in PCDA's waiting room on the Resource Table. You can turn them in to the box on the table, to our receptionist or to your DI/Therapist.
NEW! The survey will be available via our website and Facebook page during Survey Week! We appreciate your input and hope that PCDA can continue to provide quality services to your child and your family.
|Who:||All adults 21+|
|What:||A fundraising party and wine tasting at Savor the Flavor,
a specialty food & gourmet gift store in Sierra Madre
|When:||Wed Jan 23 Time: 5:30 - 7pm|
Ten percent of everything purchased on the evening of the event is donated back to PCDA. There will be a presentation of award winners in gift and food products, followed by a tasting/shopping party. Wine and appetizers will be available for all attendees.
Please RSVP by Monday, January 21st to Julia Scheibmeir, (626) 793-7350 x284 or via email.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the online auction! We hope you enjoy your purchases. Thank you to the many stores and restaurants that donated items this year, and thank you all for supporting PCDA!
A big Thank You to Ann Gentry and Rob Jacobs of Real Food Daily for sponsoring a Toy Drive for PCDA over the holidays. The large container was overflowing and many children enjoyed these special gifts. PCDA believes in the value of play for children, and appreciate all of those who donated toys for children!
Real Food Daily Pasadena
899 East Del Mar Blvd, Pasadena CA 91106
Click here to view map
Once again the holiday recitals were beautiful and memorable.
Thanks to all who participated, for your donations, and a special thanks to our FRIENDS group for their help.
We have our winners from PCDA's Annual Art Contest.
Congratulations to the winning artists for their art submissions!
Thank you to everyone who participated!
PCDA is now a participating provider with Aetna!
To discuss how to schedule services under Aetna insurance,
please contact Carlo, Finance Director, at (626) 793-7350 x206.
La Bella Luna was held Saturday night Sept 29th at the home of Laura and Nick Agakanian. More than 150 guests enjoyed the warm fall evening, under the full moon, enjoying a spectacular view of the whole San Gabriel Valley. Music was provided by SolSpeak, and gourmet food was catered by Arli's. The event honored Congressman Adam Schiff for his many years of work on behalf of children. Many thanks to Steve Tobia and Laura Agakanian, the event co-chairs, and to the many volunteers and guests. It was truly a spectacular evening!
On Wednesday, October 3rd,, the California Pizza Kitchen restaurant at 99 N. Robles Ave. in Pasadena donated 20% of all total purchases made by those presenting a Philanthropizza coupon in support of PCDA.
Please mark your calendars for the next one on Saturday, October 13th from 9:30am-11:30am* in the PCDA Upstairs Conference Room
Children of all ages and their families are welcome to explore the exciting world of the creative arts through activity stations in a fun interactive way!
*Drop in any time; pay at the door. $5 for a family of 3, $10 for a family of 4+.
Please be sure to RSVP to Melissa St. John at (626) 793-7350 x261 or via email so we can have supplies ready for all!
The second annual California-wide DIR/Floortime Conference, A View From The Floor, was held on Saturday October 20th. 250 people convened at the Burbank Marriott Hotel & Convention Center for a day of education and networking, followed by a spectacular evening gala to celebrate the Floortime Coalition of California. Thanks to everyone who attended and volunteered to make the event such a success!
Read more and see event photos in the November Handprints newsletter
PCDA is pleased to announce that Lanterman Regional Center Family Resource Center has established a contract with PCDA's Music Together program and Speech department. This involves eight weekly visits for children ages birth to 5 in family style groups. We are excited to help expand the families we serve and educate more parents on useful strategies to be used in their daily lives.
The Friends of PCDA are a group of parents and others from the community who come together to help in various fundraising activities to support the mission of PCDA.
Small conference room at PCDA
620 N. Lake Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101
PCDA's 2nd Annual Golf Classic Tournament was a great success! Golfers enjoyed a fun day of golf with on-course entertainment and contests provided by Eric Tracy - The Mulligan Man.
The evening festivities included the exciting fire truck golf ball drop courtesy of the Pasadena Fire Department. One golf ball dropped into Hole # 18 winning a prize of $500 for golfer Brian Nakagiri!
Dinner guests enjoyed live music by the Crown City Combo Band, a special performance by PCDA client Alexander Morris and parent speaker Sandra Jones, spoke of the help her child and family had received from PCDA.
Our first PCDA Spring Socials took place on April 26th and 27th and were a big success! Many of our social skills groups and individual clients stopped by for some arts and crafts, party games and yummy food! We made finger puppets, colorful caterpillars and enjoyed dancing and musical chairs! We can't wait to see everyone again next year. Happy Spring!
PCDA is pleased to announce a new partnership with MedClaims Liaison (MCL). They are a leading health insurance advocate, that works with families to recover money from their insurance carriers. MCL's team specializes in maximizing reimbursements for therapies and treatments for autism and other disabilities. They also have several staff that are parents of children with disabilities themselves, and offer special sensitivity to the challenges involved in these claims.
For more information, please contact Christine Kim at (626) 793-7350 x283.
His mother shares, "Daniel would not be where he is today were it not for all of the support, help and assistance he has received at PCDA during the last several years."
An excerpt: "To me diversity means that it's okay to be different. I think I knew what diversity meant long before I ever heard the word. You see I have autism. Having autism has always made me different from other children. I get bothered by loud noises or tags in my clothes that make me itch. It is very hard for me to look at people in the eye, and I don't like it when anything at school or home does not follow the usual routine. I go to a lot of programs to help me learn how to do things that other kids just know how to do automatically like telling jokes."
For the entirety of Daniel's essay, please click here.
PCDA was honored to be selected by THE Pasadena Foothills Magazine as one of the 'THE 50 Inspiring Charities' in the Pasadena Foothills Area. See us in the December 2011 edition.
A reception was held at Eden Garden on January 4th for the recipients. Thank you for this honor!
Mariko Yamazaki, OTD, OTR/L returned to Mephibosheth Training Centre (a boarding school for children with special needs in Ghana, West Africa) for the 4th year in a row!
She worked with a team of 9 occupational therapists, 1 physical therapist, and 1 speech therapist to provide hands-on treatment, collaborate with the teachers and staff, learn from and teach strategies to the parents, families, and surrounding community in order to support these children.
There is a growing number of passionate people in Ghana who are working to support the long-term journey for all of these children. The team also provided guest lectures for the Special Education Department at the University of Education, Winneba. Ghana is becoming more and more progressive with regards to Disability Rights, and it shows in the hearts of the parents, community-based rehabilitation workers, and church members that the team met along the way. Thank you to everyone who donated used clothing and other goods!
Thank you to all of the individual donors and the following foundations who made this possible: CIBA foundation, SKETCH foundation Henry L Guenther Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and UPS Foundation.
If you are interested in a consultation or assessment for your child,
please contact Anne Davis, MS, CCC-SLP, and Head of Speech & Language at PCDA, at (626) 793-7350 x205.
For the first time ever, PCDA has put together a comprehensive 12-month calendar, complete with events, trainings, holidays and more! Wonderful photos of PCDA families complete each month. Don't miss out on this special item! Supplies limited.
These screenings take a total of 30 minutes including a brief write-up and will provide families with a better understanding of their child's speech and language development.
To schedule a screening, please contact Anne Davis at (626) 793-7350 x205.
PCDA was chosen to be a recipient of a Pasadena Independent Schools Foundation grant. The 16 chosen charities will be visited by students next year, to determine the awards. We look forward to their visit!
PCDA is the recipient of a grant from the Wynne Foundation to support programs and services. We thank the Wynne Foundation for their on-going generous support.
Thank you to Elements Kitchen who gave a portion of the proceeds from all Wednesday night dinners in November to PCDA.
Dr. Diane with Onil Chibas, owner of Elements Kitchen.
Dr. Diane Cullinane had the opportunity to travel to Chengdu, China to present at an International Autism Conference. Her trip was sponsored by Joni and Friends, in collaboration with Amity International. Dr. Diane shared information about the DIR approach, and the developmental approach to behavioral challenges. While resources in China for children with autism are not extensive, the professionals were eager to learn and also shared some innovative strategies they have developed.
PCDA's Veronica Vallejo, second from the left, is interviewed by the news team. Martha and Jose Cruz are on the right.
On October 6th, PCDA appeared on a Spanish morning news show called Hogar Al Dia, Noticias on Bereavision to bring awareness to the Latin community of the services available for children diagnosed with developmental disabilities and delays. PCDA's Developmental Interventionist Veronica Vallejo conducted the interview. They discussed topics as diverse as the importance of early detection of delays, the Regional Center system, and the support available for children born to undocumented parents. The Cruz family, a PCDA client, generously offered to share their experience of their child's diagnosis of autism, and their struggles with receiving adequate funding for services. Veronica also shared information with the news team about PCDA's history, the agency's philosophy of DIR/ Floortime and the various multidisciplinary services PCDA offers.
Strong research support is one of the primary factors affecting funding decisions for services for children with autism. This is one of the reasons we are glad to see a new study by by Devin Casenheiser and colleagues at York University published in the journal Autism.
The article compared a group of children whose parents received 2 hours per week of coaching in helping their children develop social-communication skills, to a group of children who received 4 hours per week of other interventions in the community.
After one year the children in the social-communication group showed greater improvement in their interactions than the community treatment group. In addition, many of the skills we target in Floortime/DIR were directly associated with the children's improvements in language, including joint attention and emotional engagement (Levels 1 and 2 of the Floortime model). Finally, the parents' increased skills were also associated with the children's improved interactions.
It's great to have evidence for what we know from experience: when parents help their children connect emotionally, the children enter more fully into the world of communication with others.
Vivian Tamkin, Ph.D is a licensed psychologist, professor and adjunct faculty member at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, where she is currently teaching Introduction to Therapeutic Companions: A Behavioral Intervention. This course uses texts including The Child with Special Needs, by Dr. Stanley Greenspan, the developer of Floortime.
Dr. Tamkin is familiar with PCDA from working here as a contracted Developmental Interventionist over ten years ago for one child she brought to receive DIR/Floortime services. She brought her class of nine students to PCDA to show them an agency that provides services like the ones they are learning about and to connect them with professionals in their field of study.
We have received a large donation of G-tube supplies, as well as a small amount of specialty formula.
If you have a need, please contact the Dietitians at PCDA: (626) 793-7350 x203.
On Sunday October 2nd, PCDA hosted its annual Harvest Moon Home Tour and Art Auction at the historic Blacker House in Pasadena. Homeowners Harvey and Ellen Knell graciously opened up their home for an exclusive tour enjoyed by the Harvest Moon guests. Home tours led by docents dressed in early 1900s costumes were followed by a cocktail reception and silent auction of fine art. The evening continued with a heartwarming program highlighting PCDA's services for children with special needs and a gourmet dinner under the Harvest Moon. This year's Harvest Moon event raised over $12,000 for PCDA!
Thank you to our MC, Jovana Lara, weekend news anchor from Channel 7 Eyewitness News.
PCDA Executive Director Dr. Diane Cullinane, Jovana Lara,
volunteer Andrew Hain, and Phillip Hain
Is your child receiving feeding therapy? Then consider joining our Feeding Parent Support Group. The group is led by a member of PCDA's Interdisciplinary Feeding Team.
This is a chance for parents to come together to share their experiences and support one another as they work through their child's feeding challenges.
Click to view the flier: PCDA_FEEDING-support-group (Acrobat PDF)
For more information, contact Betina at (626) 793-7350 x211
PCDA received a large collection of toys, donated by ASTRA - The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association, who held their annual convention in Anaheim this year.
Dr.Diane Cullinane presented a talk on Toys for Children with Special Needs. The exhibitors were glad that their toys were going to be used to help children with developmental challenges.
PCDA's Creative Arts Department is excited to announce that we will now be offering Adapted Art Lessons. Professional artist, Amy Huestis, will provide adapted art lessons for children ages 10-18. Click here for more information about this exciting new creative arts program.
Please contact Melissa St. John (626) 793-7350 ext. 261 or email for more information!