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Alabama Mom ‘Struck Gold’ When She Found a Virtual Clinic for Autism Evaluations, Son Can Now Receive Therapy

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA- Anyone who has a neurodiverse child has likely felt LaQuetta Pasley’s frustration. She’d been trying to get an in-person autism evaluation for her 3-year-old son, Nicholas, but everywhere she looked, appointments weren’t immediately available. She was told she’d have to wait between 6 months and 1 year. She didn’t know what to do and felt like she was at her wit’s end. 

“I felt like my baby was screaming for help, but I didn’t have a clue where to start,” she said.

LaQuetta searched for answers on the Internet and found a virtual clinic called As You Are, which dramatically increases access to early autism diagnostic services through the use of exclusively telehealth appointments. She couldn’t believe what she was seeing. She eagerly filled out the online paperwork, and the support team followed up with a benefits investigation where she learned that the cost of the diagnostic evaluation would be covered based on her child’s individual insurance plan. 

LaQuetta said, “I struck gold… As You Are was literally a Godsend for my family. From the scheduling of our first appointment to technical support to the very end, each and every person was warm, caring, eager to assist, efficient, knowledgeable and consistent to the very end. I give As You Are a 10 out of 10.”

Because of the diagnosis, Nicholas is now receiving the therapeutic services that his mom has been waiting for.

She said, “You guys need to be the first people doctor’s offices refer patients. I would recommend As You Are because as a parent, I had no idea how to parent a child with ASD or a developmental delay.” 

Do you have questions about your child’s development? The team at As You Are provides useful autism screening and diagnostic evaluations for kids 16 months to 10 years old via telehealth appointments. Learn more at

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