Patrick Lane earned his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology with an emphasis in special education at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo in 1999. He then went on to earn his Master of Arts degree and Pupil Personnel Services Credential from Long Beach State University in 2004. Patrick became a Licensed Educational Psychologist in 2008.
Patrick had the unique opportunity to be a special day class teacher for 4 years as he was completing his graduate work. In those 4 years he taught classes for students with Emotional Disturbances, Autism, and students with specific learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. At the same time he was an early interventionist through a non-profit agency and provided early intervention services for infants and toddlers.
Patrick has worked in both urban and suburban communities throughout southern California, and has provided psychological and counseling services for students ranging from preschool through 8th grade. Patrick has worked with students with disabilities including those with severely handicapping conditions to students with mild/moderate disabilities. One of his most rewarding experiences was the 4 years he spent working in a center based program for severely handicapped medically fragile students and worked closely with a multidisciplinary team consisting of professionals in the fields of nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech pathology, assistive technology, deaf and hard of hearing, and mobility specialists.
Patrick has a specialty in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder and is able to provide consultation and support to schools and families in both educational and vocational domains. Other areas of specialization include services related to assessment for educationally related disabilities, social skill training, issues working through trauma, and educational intervention and counseling for students with specific learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety disorders and mood disorders.
Patrick provides staff presentations on issues related to anxiety and depression, implementing social skills curriculum, self-injurious behaviors, suicide, working with students in the foster care system, and the differences between low ability and lack of motivation.