Welcome to Dr. Lauren Tobing-Puente’s website!

Dr. Tobing-Puente is a NYS licensed psychologist who provides services to individuals (toddlers through young adulthood) with neurodevelopmental disorders of communicating and relating, including autism spectrum disorders, and their families in her two New York offices located in Manhattan and Bayside, Queens.  Dr. Tobing-Puente primarily uses the DIR (Developmental Individual Differences Relationship-based) philosophy and related Floortime strategies in her work, which allows her to carefully consider the whole child (or young adult), his/her many individual differences, and his/her relationships in a strengths-based respectful manner.  Her approach promotes social-emotional development by addressing the underlying challenges that children and young adults experience that may impact their ability to regulate, interact, express feelings, cope with challenging feelings and be reflective.

Dr. Tobing-Puente’s offices are unique in that they include a child-friendly private office, as well as sensory gym.  Use of the sensory gym enables treatment to address underlying challenges in sensory regulation that may underlie individual’s social communication and social-emotional functioning, and provides Dr. Tobing-Puente with opportunities to informally assess challenges in movement.