Finding Stability in Chaos: Five Tips for Grounding Yourself
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Finding Stability in Chaos: Five Tips for Grounding Yourself

Trauma can feel like being caught in a storm, with emotions overwhelming us and our thoughts spinning out of control. During these moments, grounding techniques can be a lifeline, helping you find stability.  Let’s review five tips to help you stay present, connected, and anchored. When anxiety or dissociation strikes, take a deep breath and…

Uses of Psychological Testing: From a Psychologist’s Point of View
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Uses of Psychological Testing: From a Psychologist’s Point of View

Ever think about pursuing psychological testing for yourself or a family member? Recently, our founder Dr. Lauren Pasqua discussed the uses for psychological testing on this podcast from Mosaics of Mercy. Here are some highlights from that discussion, or you can listen to the whole podcast here.  What are some common uses for psychological testing? Testing…

What is the Role of a Psychologist?
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What is the Role of a Psychologist?

  We get questions all the time at Connections Child and Family Center about the role of psychologists. Recently, our founder Dr. Lauren Pasqua discussed this topic on this podcast from Mosaics of Mercy. Here are some highlights from that discussion, or you can listen to the whole podcast here.  What do all those credentials…

College Accommodations for ADHD and LD: Getting Your Child the Services They Need
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College Accommodations for ADHD and LD: Getting Your Child the Services They Need

If you have a child with ADHD or a learning disability, it doesn’t mean they can’t get the most out of a collegiate experience. Today, colleges across the country have put different accommodations in place to help students with disabilities and other learning issues. This makes it easier for everyone to get the college education…

How Does Play Therapy Help Children Heal from Trauma?
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How Does Play Therapy Help Children Heal from Trauma?

When adults experience a traumatic event or situation, therapy is often very beneficial. While it can be a long road to recovery, trauma therapy can help a person to manage their anxiety and identify their triggers. With young children, though, traditional “talk” therapy isn’t usually the right fit. Depending on your child’s age, it may…

How to Choose Autism Treatment
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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…

What Makes a Good Autism Assessment?
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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…

Early Signs of Autism in Infants and Toddlers
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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…