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The program has helped my son in his development. He is not the child he once was. His therapist has been very patient and worked well with both me and my son."

Would you be willing to talk with someone to reflect on your child's and family's experience, and particularly your interaction with PCDA? 
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We would like to publish inspiring stories about families and children served by PCDA.  These stories may be shared in a booklet, our annual report, and in other publicity.

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Peter

 

William

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Peter has been coming to PCDA for ten years. Initially, Peter was seen by the feeding team, an inter-disciplinary group of professionals working collaboratively with a child and family to determine how to resolve a feeding problem. Peter’s feeding problem was quickly diagnosed and Peter was on his way to enjoy food rather than either avoiding food or eating compulsively. Peter then came to the SEDI program (Social Emotional Development Intervention). Now he is in Teen Buddies. These programs have allowed Peter to build loving and caring relationships with our family, to engage with people, to connect and to trust people.

Peter is able to face new challenges that, as he solves them, he finds greater confidence in his own abilities. We cite the support and encouragement for both Peter and our family, and how this has made Peter more confident and willing.

Joyce Tran

 

 

William MarstonWilliam is currently in 8th grade and active in different school clubs.  At PCDA, he is involved with the social Teen Club and is learning to transition more easily.  He was diagnosed with autism at age 5 and for our family, that diagnosis was very difficult.  William first came to PCDA at age 6 to participate in Floortime, SEDI and has now moved to the Teen Club.  We continue to believe SEDI remains an excellent program that has really helped William and our family.  Everything William learns in the clinical setting translates to his activities in the community.  PCDA is a “safe place” for William.  William likes getting together with friends, going to movies, playing games, going to the mall and now is successfully able to do these activities with friends. We know if William encounters a problem, PCDA will be there not only for him but also for our whole family.

William and Gina Marston
 
 

Grace

 

Grace KillenGrace was born in April but wasn’t due until June.  She was underweight, had respiratory distress syndrome, a digestive system that wasn’t functioning or fully developed yet, and was jaundiced. She didn’t gain any weight for 5 months in her first year of life and was dangerously weak and underweight. Thankfully, her older sister was already a PCDA client so Grace tagged along to her sister’s therapy appointments until she qualified for her own.  She received feeding therapy, developmental intervention, music therapy, and art therapy and was referred through PCDA to The Hear Center when Grace was around 1 year old where she was diagnosed as Hard of Hearing .  Grace still receives Physical Therapy for a weakened left side but is now a happy, tiny, and energetic 3 year old that is full of energy and has a great sense of humor.  She is a blessing to us.

Lindi and Johnathan Killen
 

The Roussets

All of my son's therapies are through PCDA because I appreciate their philosophy that includes family involvement, The FloortimeTM Approach and their collaboration amongst varying disciplines that allow for building on his growing abilities. The therapists at PCDA have exceeded my expectations and continue to amaze me by going to great lengths to ensure Luca's progress.

Jennie Rousset
Mother of Luca, 4 years old
 

Bill and Gabriel Cushing

 

Dear Ms. Grace

Bill and Gabriel Cushing Gabriel and his Dad Bill,
who wrote this lovely poem.
 

GABRIEL'S COMING

Things did not turn out
as perfectly as we had hoped.
When the doctors
extracted him
from the womb, there he was

a twisted pretzel of
a person, this child
who was to be perfect,

shaking and bloody
as a wounded bird and
not much different:

from the bony shoulders,
like broken wings, crooked
arms splayed up to the curled hands
that seemed jammed
under a quivering chin attached,
haphazardly, to a crooked head.

Hips
perpendicular to
a withered torso,
legs running
up the sides of a pruney chest-

all these deformities
from blood that had
clotted on the brain:
a stroke. So,

a malady
of the elderly became
his personal anomaly.

Blood soaked, crooked,
crying, and
brain damaged:
this was how we greeted
our son,

yet
from those bodily barricades
and out of that
unquenchable panic
came
a boy who
     did not interrupt a family,
     did not join a family,
but who
created a family.

 

My name is Sosie. I am a mother of two autistic children with many challenges. My older son, Emmanuel is 10 years old, and the youngest just turn 5. It is a pleasure to share my personal story about my children's feeding problem, and how I received assistance from PCDA.

My younger son seems to be the one with the most need with feeding. Since he approached the feeding age, I discovered that he would not eat any kind of solid food. The only food he can eat was drinking soymilk as many times as he can during the day and night.

My son's doctor prescribed nutritious milk called Pediasure to enable my son to get the necessary vitamins and proteins. I was happy he was at least drinking the Pediasure, eat French fries, and crackers. However, I was still unsatisfied about my son's feeding situation. One lucky day, I went to PCDA in the city of Pasadena after I was sent by the Regional Center. I met wonderful, kind people who were listening to my children's problems. After a series of tests and advises, a talented therapist Ms. Erin began systematically and patiently introducing my children to different kinds of foods.

Michael is making great progress with new foods!At the beginning it almost seems comical. It seems that the children are playing food game. I learned that the children are unknowingly licking, touching, and smelling the food. Immediately I began to observe some changes in my children's eating habits. They began to try different kinds of foods, fruits, and cereals. Within a year time both my children started to eat different foods...such as pan cakes, waffles, fruit (apples, grapes, oranges, tangerines, peaches) and different types of whole wheat cereals and crackers. After a year of driving from LA to Pasadena once a week, I fell ill. To my disappointment, I was unable to drive to Pasadena. However, PCDA arranged a schedule to come to my home and continue the treatment service under Ms. Grace. Ms. Grace was an amazing therapist. She made my children comfortable and at ease, and they responded to her directions very well.

Now, it is a pleasure to inform you that my older son has exited the program because he is able to try all kinds of food. My younger son has recently started to eat sliced turkey, chicken nuggets, pretzels with yogurt, and fish sticks. Still continuously improving with his eating habits. PCDA feeding therapist Ms. Erin and Ms. Grace were talented therapist under the knowledgeable guidance dietitian Ms. Karen. PCDA is still extending their assistance patiently, and systematically, and my son is still improving.

I am so grateful to PCDA director, PCDA assessors, to the staff, and especially to the feeding therapist Ms. Grace and the dietitian Ms. Karen who is always there to come up with new ideas and feeding techniques for both my sons with patience and dedication.

Finally, I would like to inform all parents with children with feeding problems, to follow the advise and instructions of the therapists strictly, and to make sure to practice all the techniques independently at home. For example, the first time when the therapist show you touching, kissing, smelling, and licking the food it looks like they are playing and unimportant. However, if you practice the technique independently at home you will see improvement.end quote

  1. Be patient with your children.
  2. Don't give up. Progress will not come over night. It takes time.
  3. Be creative.
  4. Follow the therapist directions.
I hope my experience will help you and your children.
Sosie Habte