FOREST CITY, PENNSYLVANIA- Desperate to find an appointment for her son’s autism evaluation, Annalisa Turano did what many parents would do: joined multiple waitlists to see which one would pan out first. Unfortunately, all three waitlists were anywhere from 12 months to 2 years long. She says autism services are scarce in Susquehanna County, PA.
“It was so frustrating,” she said. “I was searching for everything I could find online and then we found As You Are through a random Google search. I had to look up testimonials to see because we were cautious at first.”
Annalisa scheduled her son Elijah’s evaluation after reading other family’s experiences with As You Are, which dramatically increases access to early autism diagnostic services through the use of exclusively telehealth appointments.
“We couldn’t believe we could get an appointment that quick. We took the chance and after the first and second phone call with the support team, we were comfortable enough to go through everything and so happy we did.”
After three video calls, her 3-year-old was diagnosed with autism by a dedicated As You Are physician. The following month, her son was already enrolled in therapies. Annalisa is now sharing her own testimonial to help other families learn about the virtual clinic.
“Unbelievable, it was amazing. I can’t thank the company more,” she said.
Annalisa says her son’s general pediatrician was also happy to see that Elijah didn’t have to wait as long as two years to begin therapy.
“She had never heard of you guys before but she was very impressed with it,” she said.
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.