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Creative Arts Summer Camp Helps Kids Find Their Expression
Pasadena, CA  June 12, 2013

Professional Child Development Associates is offering a two-week Creative Arts Camp for children ages 8–12 starting August 5–16, 2013 on the campus at 620 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena.  Daily hours are 9:00 am – 12 noon.  The camp will focus on strengthening each child’s ability to express themselves in several different forms of artistic practice.  Each day participants will explore a different subject, including visual arts, dance, music, theater, and more.

The objective is to get children interacting in a very hands-on and creative way.  After an introduction and explanation, they are encouraged to explore and create for themselves.  Children will get to experiment under guidance, and ultimately determine which artistic modality expresses them best.  These individual forms of expression will be compiled into a collaborative final project that each child can bring home to share with family and friends.

One parent, Nicole Thai, says “Music therapy has been the one most effective treatment for my child’s communicative skills.  It was during his beginning music therapy session that we heard his first words in response to a song he had listened to since birth.”

Cost for the two-week camp is $600 per child.  The Pasadena Rotary Club has donated a $4,000 grant to provide selected scholarships to the camp.

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For more information about enrollment and to inquire about scholarships, please contact: Elaine Chen, MM, MT-BC at


The Mayor of Pasadena visits PCDA!
Pasadena, CA March 28, 2013

Bill Bogaard, the mayor of Pasadena, made an appearance at PCDA’s Open House to learn about our programs and services for children with special needs and their families. The mayor (far right) is joined by board member Normand Leduc, Creative Arts Head Melissa St. John, Development Associate Julia Scheibmeir, and Executive Director Dr. Diane Cullinane.

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Number of Children with Autism on the Rise. Early Detection Brings Hope of Recovery
by Katherine (Mei) Liu, Published January 2013

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Professional Child Development Associates Receives $20,000 grant from The UPS Foundation
Pasadena, CA October 12, 2012

Professional Child Development Associates (PCDA) received a $20,000 capacity building grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE:UPS). The grant will be used to optimize the nonprofit’s effectiveness through high-tech upgrades.

PCDA serves children, from birth to 18 years of age, who have, or are at risk for, behavior and developmental challenges due to premature birth, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, genetic conditions, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, complex medical conditions affecting feeding or eating, and sensory processing disorders.

For over 15 years, PCDA’s experienced and resourceful child development specialists have offered innovative, scientifically-based therapies centered on the DIR®/Floortime approach. Children achieve great success through this comprehensive team approach.

“This grant from UPS will not only help improve the overall operations, but will also enable us to use cutting edge technologies that strengthen our therapeutic abilities to benefit our children,” said Dr. Diane Cullinane, PCDA’s executive director.

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA, The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: nonprofit effectiveness, encouraging diversity, community safety, and environmental sustainability.

In 2011, The UPS Foundation distributed more than $45.3 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations like PCDA and provide support for building stronger communities.

“The UPS Foundation is committed to funding impactful programs that makes a meaningful difference in our communities—so we are proud to support PCDA’s efforts to serve children with special needs,” said Keith Sternad, president of The UPS Foundation.


Professional Child Development Associates Honors Congressman Adam Schiff
Pasadena, CA September 25, 2012

On Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 6 p.m. to midnight at the home of Nick and Laura Agakanian,700 Forest Green Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, Professional Child Development Associates, a nonprofit group serving children with special needs, will honor U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D-Burbank).

Rep. Schiff has been a strong supporter of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) which requires states and localities to provide free and quality education for students with disabilities. In the 109th Congress, he cosponsored the Keep Our Promise to America’s Children and Teachers Act, which would have provided full funding for IDEA.

“We are so happy to recognize Rep. Schiff for his positive impact on meeting the challenges of improving the lives of children with special needs,” said Dr. Diane Cullinane, executive director of Professional Child Development Associates.

The celebratory evening called “La Bella Luna” will feature live music, gourmet foods and wines, art, jewelry, and home décor auctions. Hosted by media executive, Steve Tobia, and local business owner, Laura Agakanian, the special event will offer an opportunity to meet Rep. Schiff and to learn about the programs and services provided by Professional Child Development Associates.

Tickets for the “La Bella Luna” event cost $125 per person; all proceeds from ticket sales and auctions will benefit Professional Child Development Associates.


Chinese World Journal Article
by Gina Lai, Published August 2012

Description of DIR/Floortime and the services offered at Professional Child Development Associates.

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