Monthly Archives: February 2015

Medical Play Therapy

What is medical play therapy?

Play therapy is helpful for children who have an illness or must have surgery that requires hospitalization. Hospitalizations are stressful for children and their families. Young children often feel frightened, confused, and out of control. Play therapy is used to help children understand and cope with illness, surgery, hospitalization, and medical […]

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What to Do: After a New Autism Diagnosis

What to Do: After a New Autism Diagnosis
Whether you are reading this article because your child has just received an autism diagnosis or you are concerned that your child may have autism, this information may be useful.

You’re in shock. It’s not supposed to be this way; this isn’t the child you dreamed of or the […]

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Helping Infants and Preschoolers Cope With Medical Stress

Helping Infants and Preschoolers Cope With Medical Procedures, Illness, and Hospitalization
Almost all children will experience medical procedures (e.g. lumbar puncture, injection) during childhood and some experience related medical stress.

Most receive at least 10 preventive injections by age 5
5 million children undergo treatment or diagnostic medical procedures yearly
More than 2 million children under 15 hospitalized yearly
About […]

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How to Choose Autism Treatment

How to Choose Autism Treatment

By Lauren Pasqua, Psy.D.

What Type of Treatment?

One important type of treatment will probably be speech and language therapy. Speech therapy can be important help children learn to communicate through gestures, sounds, and perhaps spoken language. Speech therapists can also determine if assistive or augmentative therapy or devices might help your child […]

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What Makes a Good Autism Assessment?

What Makes a Good Autism Assessment?

Researchers and clinicians in the field of autism and autism spectrum disorders (e.g. Asperger’s Disorder) consistently identify the following things as essential to a quality autism assessment.

1.Clinician should gather background information, previous evaluations, and interventions.
The practitioner should gather information about all aspect’s of a child’s development including health,developmental milestones, school, […]

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