Entries by Dr. Greg Stasi

Risk Factors Associated with Prematurity and Low Birth Weight

As previously described in a prior blog, prematurity and low birth weight are commonly found in 2-8% of live births in the United States.  There are numerous neuropsychological and cognitive concerns that were reported in the previous blog.  There are many risk factors that parents need to be aware of that can be a contributing […]

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an empirically supported psychotherapy approach that focuses on altering an individual’s negative thoughts, beliefs and emotions.  The therapeutic technique stems from a combination of behavioral therapy (in which the focus is to develop behavioral regulation strategies in order to increase the frequency of positive behaviors while extinguishing negative behaviors) and […]

Brain Injury in Children

Traumatic brain injuries that occur in children are quite common and are often associated with significant cognitive, academic and social/emotional concerns. Studies have indicated that brain injuries occur in approximately 180 out of every 100,000 children. Transportation-related injuries are the most common cause of brain injuries in children as well as adolescents. Studies have indicated […]

Prematurity and Low Birth Weight

Prematurity and low birth weight are quite common and have been increasing in evidence. Research has indicated that infants that are born with a low birth weight comprised approximately 8% of live births in the United States in 2005 (National Center for Health Statistics, 2006). Children that are born prematurely are on the rise and […]

5 Tips to Help With Social Concerns Associated With ADHD

Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often present concerns interacting with peers and maintaining appropriate social relationships.  These children often present appropriate social skill sets; however, issues with inattention and impulsiveness directly impact their ability to execute these skills on a regular basis. Below are five strategies to help improve the social interaction of […]

Identification of Asperger’s Syndrome in Preschool

Asperger’s Syndrome is characterized as a condition in which a child exhibits qualitative impairment in social interaction with accompanying restrictive repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interest and activities (American Psychiatric Association, 2005). These children demonstrate significant concerns with their ability to interact with peers and engage in age-appropriate play. These children are often high-functioning […]

Diagnosing ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurological conditions that affects between 3 to 6 percent of school-aged  children.  Children with this condition exhibit significant issues with their ability to pay attention to tasks, inhibit their impulses and/or regulate their behavior.   In order for the diagnosis to be made, one has […]

What Is Tourettes Syndrome

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fourth Edition, Text Revised (DSM-IV-TR), which is the diagnostic guide book published by the American Psychiatric Association, indicates that Tourettes Syndrome is characterized by multiple motor tics and one, or more, vocal tic.  (APA XX).  Tics are sudden, repetitive motor movements or phonic productions (Leckman & Cohen, 1988).  These tics […]

Differential Diagnosis: Autism versus Aspergers

Autism and Asperger’s Disorder are diagnoses which both present with a hallmark feature of social impairment. There are several differences between the two diagnoses which help classify the two disorders. Autism Diagnosis: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revised (DSM-IV-TR), which is the diagnostic guidebook published by the American Psychiatric […]

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Behavior problems in children are nothing new. Many children present with concerns regarding oppositional and defiant behavior. In fact, studies have indicated that the highest rates of referral for mental health services for children involve aggression, acting-out, and disruptive behavior patterns (Achenbach & Howell, 1993). Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is a diagnostic condition that focuses […]