Big Steps for Lawrence
5-year-old Lawrence was enrolled in Kindergarten when he was referred to Psychology 360 by his occupational therapist. Primary concerns were reported to include attention, executive functioning, sensory processing, social communication, and behavioral health. Lawrence had a history of social challenges as he struggled to effectively interact with peers. He also often engaged in sensory-seeking behaviors, tended to hyper-focus on certain topics, and had difficulty following multi-step instructions. He was receiving occupational therapy outside of school in order to assist with the sensory-seeking behaviors along with gross motor difficulties, such as challenges with skipping, jumping, catching, and overall coordination. Lawrence was also receiving speech-language therapy as he had a history of language concerns and unclear speech. Although he qualified for an Individualized Education Program (IEP) at his school for speech therapy, he did not receive any other services prior to his evaluation. Lawrence’s family and the professionals working with Lawrence knew that he required more help than was being provided and he was referred to Psychology 360 for diagnostic clarification and therapeutic recommendations.