PCDA Helps Nurture Children Who Have Feeding Challenges

By Christian Leonard
The Outlook


Tellis King
Photos by Christian Leonard / OUTLOOK
Though Tellis King’s Down syndrome and dysphagia have resulted in his having trouble drinking thin liquids, he enjoys mixing applesauce and pureed berries to create a more agreeable concoction.

Tellis King, 5, wanted Julie Miller to sing.
She’d already crooned the familiar tune a few minutes earlier, but Miller didn’t protest. Tellis watched as Miller swirled her plastic spoon in the concoction they’d prepared together — pureed strawberries and blueberries with applesauce — and whispered the simple melody:
“Stirring, stirring, stirring the applesauce. Round and round and round and round, now it’s time to eat.”
Miller, of Professional Child Development Associates, lifted her spoon to her mouth, watching Tellis to see if he would emulate her movements. After sticking out his tongue and stirring the mixture some more, he did. Applesauce is a favorite food of his — he asked about it while he and Miller were pureeing the fruits.
And finding the right consistency of such nourishment is a matter of no small impact for a child like Tellis. The little boy, who has Down syndrome, has trouble swallowing liquids, especially thin liquids. Continue reading “PCDA Helps Nurture Children Who Have Feeding Challenges”

PCDA ‘Harvest Moon Magic’ Gala Sept. 30

Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK Diane Danis, Mona Delahooke, Mark and Eva Woodsmall, and Amy Johnson were among those who attended last year’s “Harvest Moon Magic” gala. This year’s fundraiser will be held Sunday evening, Sept. 30.
Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK
Diane Danis, Mona Delahooke, Mark and Eva Woodsmall, and Amy Johnson were among those who attended last year’s “Harvest Moon Magic” gala. This year’s fundraiser will be held Sunday evening, Sept. 30.

Professional Child Development Associates will host “Harvest Moon Magic” gala dinner and art auction on Sunday, Sept. 30, to raise funds for its clinic, which serves children with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families.
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Charitable Trust Helps Meet Needs of Those With Autism

PCDA Executive Director Diane Cullinane and Firestone Estate trustee Marilynn Garcia celebrate the $500,000 donation.
PCDA Executive Director Diane Cullinane and Firestone Estate trustee Marilynn Garcia celebrate the $500,000 donation.

Professional Child Development Associates has received a $500,000 donation from the Mose J. and Sylvia Dilman Firestone Charitable Trust to expand its ability to serve children with autism or other developmental challenges, and their families.
The Firestone gift will help PCDA add staffing in its child and family counseling department, increasing the agency’s ability to meet the local need for mental healthcare for children and families affected by developmental disabilities. PCDA plans to hire a second staff psychologist as well as a marriage and family therapist with an art therapy credential to enhance its current counseling and creative arts programs. Continue reading “Charitable Trust Helps Meet Needs of Those With Autism”