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‘They Don’t Just Treat You Like a Number’ Texas Mom Describes Her Experience with Virtual Clinic for Autism Evaluations

LEWISVILLE, TEXAS – Marquita waited nearly two years on waitlists for autism evaluations in her area for her now 4-year-old daughter, Cassie. After being told about a virtual clinic by Cassie’s therapy center, and then coming across that same clinic while scrolling on Facebook, she took it as a sign to give it a try.

“I knew something was going on, but I didn’t want to self-diagnose,” she said.

As You Are is a virtual clinic that provides autism diagnostic evaluations to children ages 16 months to 10 years old through telehealth appointments. Marquita scheduled the initial appointment within a week, and Cassie was diagnosed with autism after three video calls with a dedicated physician. 

She said, “Hearing the results was a big weight off my shoulders… I was so relieved.”

Marquita was grateful to have had a doctor who showed both her and Cassie kindness and patience along the way. She was thankful that As You Are treated her like a real person through the screen. 

“The doctor was so kind, and I really appreciated that. Cassie had a couple of meltdowns during the appointment and wouldn’t sit still, but the doctor was so patient,” she said. “They don’t just treat you like a number.” 

Marquita went from waiting almost two years to receiving a diagnosis for her daughter within about a month. Since receiving guidance from As You Are, the family now has the answers they’d been searching for. 

“The entire process was so smooth, it was great,” 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

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