Lauren Pasqua

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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 […]

By |February 27th, 2015|none|0 Comments

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 […]

By |February 27th, 2015|Autism|0 Comments

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 […]

By |February 27th, 2015|none|0 Comments

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 […]

By |February 27th, 2015|none|0 Comments

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, […]

By |February 27th, 2015|Autism|0 Comments

Early Signs of Autism in Infants and Toddlers

The newest research suggests that autism is now affecting up to 1 in 88 children. That makes it certain that someone you know will have a child affected by this devastating condition in your lifetime.

Research consistently shows that the earlier autism is diagnosed, the more positive the effects of early intervention are. This is due […]

By |May 23rd, 2012|Autism, Early Childhood|0 Comments

Floortime Works! New Research Proves It…

I remember the days when I wasn’t sure about this therapy called, “Floortime.” I came from a strong behavioral approach (ABA-incidental teaching) to therapy with children on the autism spectrum, which of course “pooh-poohed” anything that was not behaviorally driven. I recall talking over my concerns with my new supervisor, who heard and accepted them […]

By |April 13th, 2012|"Thoughts, Tips and Tidbits" Blog, Autism|0 Comments

1 in 88 Autism Prevalence- High or Low?

Autism Prevalence

As many of you know, last week the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revealed their newest research which suggests the autism prevalence rate in the U.S. is currently 1 in 88 children. This is a huge increase from their last report of 1 in 110 children. Why do the numbers keep rising you ask? […]

By |April 11th, 2012|"Thoughts, Tips and Tidbits" Blog, Autism|0 Comments

Clinical Hypnosis Myths and Facts

There are many misconceptions and mistaken beliefs about hypnosis and many people’s fears associated with hypnosis are based upon myth. This is often due to exposure to lay and stage hypnotists performing for entertainment.
Myth 1:  I will be out of control
During hypnosis, the trance comes from you and your willingness to enter a trance state. Ultimately, […]

Stress in Infants and Toddlers

Therapy can help.
Like older children or adults, infants and toddlers sometimes have problems with their behavior or emotions when they experience stress. Stress can include such things as seeing family members fight, being separated from important people, not having enough to eat or not having a place to live. Babies who were born early or have had medical problems sometimes experience stress during the hospital stay or doctor’s visits. […]

By |February 3rd, 2012|"Thoughts, Tips and Tidbits" Blog, Early Childhood|0 Comments