Parents struggling with autism diagnosis turn to Mighty Oak

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

LA CROSSE, Wis (WEAU)- 1 in 88 children are diagnosed with an autism disorder in the United States according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It can be a hard time for parents, and one couple in La Crosse found that support for them when their son was diagnosed was lacking. So they decided to do something about it.

Miriah White and her husband started Mighty Oak Family Consultants earlier this year, and they specialize in helping families that are struggling with autism find a plan…

“Families are able to express what they need help with right now, and we go and create an action plan with their needs. We meet with them, and follow through with actions to improve the child’s life,” Miriah White.

White’s son was diagnosed with autism at 3 years old. Since then she’s quite her teaching job to work with her son, and dedicated her career to helping other families going through the same thing.

“I just think that always helps to be talking to someone who has been where you are. There’s an instant connection and it allows for more collaboration and working together,” said White.

One of the families she’s currently working with is the Shanley family. Their 5 year old son Payton is on the autism spectrum.

“Sometimes taking him out to the store can be a challenge, but it’s getting better. Bed time is also a big challenge and it’s one of our big action plan goals,” said Payton’s mother Victoria.

Victoria and her family have only been working with White for a couple of weeks, but she says already she’s feels like they have taken a big step towards recovery.

“I busted out in tears when I first met Miriah. It was like a 500 pound weight had been on my shoulders and she and her husband came and took it off,” said Victoria.

A recent study showed that roughly 10% of children on the autism spectrum actually recover to the point where they no longer meet the criteria of an autism diagnosis. Miriah’s goal is to help families make that 10 percent.

“When I work with families the goal might be in 2 weeks get in the car and get to a restaurant. In 3 weeks the goal might be to get into the restaurant and in 4 weeks actually have them sitting down and able to eat as a family,” said White.

White is also starting a non profit that will specialize in helping to give autism consultation to low income families and military families. If you wish to donate to the non profit or talk with Mr. and Mrs. White you can go to their website or you can call them at (608) 498-3212.

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