Mercy Kids Autism Center + CODE GIVE339

“When my son was two years old, he was diagnosed with autism,” Tera Klein says. “It came as both a relief and a shock. I was relieved to know that there was a reason he was not developing typically and that we could make a plan to help him, and yet I knew this diagnosis would change the way I needed to parent my child.”

Photos care of Tera Lynn Klein

Tera’s son’s neurologist recommended she seek care for her son at Mercy Kids Autism Center, so two months after his diagnosis he began preschool and outpatient therapy there. “Most people do not realize this, but often when a child gets an autism diagnosis a doctor will recommend up to 40 hours of therapy per week,” Tera shares. “This early intensive therapy is crucial to the success of a child on the autism spectrum, and the therapists teach things in a fun way so that the children think they are playing when they are actually learning.”

Photos care of Tera Lynn Klein

The Mercy Kids Autism Center provides a bundle of services that address all the physiological, developmental, neurological, social, cognitive, and emotional needs of the child and their family. “For us this program is truly a lifesaver,” Tera says. “When my son began going for treatment at the Mercy Autism Center he was 26 months old and had never said a single word. After several months of therapy his language exploded. At 36 months old, he no longer qualified for speech therapy.” Today, people who meet Tera’s son are often shocked to learn that he has autism, which Tera attributes to the extraordinary support he received at Mercy Kids Autism Center. 
“I wish all autistic children could get treatment at this program, but Mercy Kids Autism Center will need to expand in order for this to happen.” Want to help Mercy Kids Autism Center continue to grow and help more and more families like Tera’s? Next time (and every time!) you grab a pair of PLAE kicks at plae.co, remember to use the promo code GIVE339 and 10% of your purchase price will be donated to Mercy Kids Autism Center. And make sure to connect with other parents of children who wear orthotics in the PLAE with Orthotics Facebook Group, which Tera says is very helpful for parents struggling to find shoes that work for their orthotic-wearing-puddle-stomping-ball-kicking-tree-climbing kiddos.