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The Isaac Foundation Helping Those Dealing With Autism

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SPOKANE, Wash. - New numbers from the Center For Disease Control and Prevention show more children are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

According to the CDC, autism spectrum disorder affects 1 in every 68 kids. There is no cure but therapy can help children with autism improve speech, motor skills and even their social interactions

As more kids are diagnosed, more parents are finding out they are paying thousands of dollars out of pocket for therapy.
Families in Spokane struggling to pay therapy costs have the help of an angel named Isaac: a 4-year-old boy with autism touching the lives of children just like him.

Therapy  worked for Isaac Lytle.

"He started responding to his name, he started to finally talk, to engage in the world, and those were things that were lost," Isaac's parents told KHQ's Kalae Chock.

Reed and Holly Lytle dedicated their life to Isaac's therapy. Holly quit her job to give Isaac therapy because they couldn't afford it from the experts.

"When you can't access those therapy interventions it's devastating because you know it's your child's best chance at being the best they can be, and it's limited."

But the Lytles say every penny and every second spent on Isaac's therapy was worth it.

"We were fortunate that just before he passed that he was able to say 'I love you.'"

Seven years ago, Isaac died in his sleep from an unrelated heart defect. But Isaac lives on in his brother and best friend Tyler. He lives on in two younger siblings he never knew. And Isaac lives on in children living with autism, like 7-year-old Kyra Mitchell.

In Isaac's honor, the Lytle's created The Isaac Foundation, which gives therapy grants to children with autism.

They're headed in the right direction now, but it's been a rough road for the Mitchells. They have insurance but couldn't afford the $30 co-pays for weekly therapy sessions.

But now, thanks to a mother with the same commitment, the Mitchells are getting the help they need.




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