LEE’S SUMMIT, MISSOURI – When Mikiah Wolff heard about the wait times in her area for autism evaluations, she worried her 2-year-old son, Ezekiel, would have to wait a long time before being seen. Mikiah’s mom has a background in working with individuals with autism and currently teaches kindergarten, and she told Mikiah that some kids were sitting on 2-year waitlists. Thankfully, Ezekiel’s pediatrician let Mikiah know about As You Are, a virtual clinic that provides autism evaluations to kids through telehealth appointments.
“I have some health issues, so it’s difficult to travel and take all three of my kids anywhere,” Mikiah said. “The virtual option was really intriguing. I did some research and looked at reviews, news articles, and stories from other families to make sure it was legit, and then I scheduled an appointment.”
In about a month’s time, Ezekiel was diagnosed with autism and is now able to access the care he needs. Mikiah felt hopeful after receiving the results.
She said, “There was a sense of relief because now we can get him services to help him with social behaviors and sensory stuff.”
The experience she had with the dedicated As You Are physician was very comforting to her.
“I loved that the pediatrician not only was talking about autistic behaviors but also mentioned the strengths he had,” Mikiah said. “In that moment, I thought: everything is going to be okay, and we have help and support.”
Mikiah was so happy to have received the help her son needed from a team who made her feel supported and ensured a smooth process for her.
She said, “I didn’t feel any ounce of discouragement or judgment. I felt very much supported.”
Do you have questions about your child’s development? The team at As You Are provides diagnostic evaluations for kids 16 months to 10 years old via telehealth appointments along with useful resources, including an online autism screening. Learn more at asyouare.com.