Why Genetic Testing is Vital for Kids with #Autism (feat. Lukas Lange of Probably Genetic) S3E9



In this week’s episode, I speak with Lukas Lange, the CEO and co-founder of Probably Genetic. Probably Genetic is working very hard to make genetic testing more accessible to families who need it. Families like mine.

Lukas and I discuss what genetic testing is, the role genetics plays in our lives and why it’s so important to genetically test kids diagnosed with Autism.

We also discuss the many hurdles to obtaining genetic testing in our current healthcare system, including cost and wait times, as well as why it’s a major problem for many families. Lukas also shares what Probably Genetic is doing to cut through all of this and make this invaluable testing accessible to families at a significantly reduced cost and in a fraction of the time.

I’ve been consulting with Probably Genetic for over a year and helping them to better understand the unique needs of Autism families and how they can better meet those needs.

Find Lukas Lange:

Twitter: twitter.com/thisislukasl

Email: lukas@probablygenetic.com

Website: probablygenetic.com

About Probably Genetic:

Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code “theautismdad400” to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn’t get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don’t have the data available, they’ll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html.”

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You can find me: theautismdad.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad

This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit theautismdad.com/mightier and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial.

This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it’s reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that help them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit angelsense.com for more information.

3 comments

    • adamjnew85 on March 14, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    My daughter had genetic testing when she was diagnosed and came back with a chromosome microdeletion. Myself, my partner and my son are now awaiting test results.

    When my son was diagnosed, genetic testing wasn’t done here in the UK. It is definitely a step in the right direction.

    1. That’s interesting. I’m waiting for my son’s to come back as well. Has the information helped in any way?

        • adamjnew85 on March 14, 2020 at 1:10 pm

        It’s given us some medical evidence for funding and benefits, that’s about it really. Myself and my partner are being tested to see who passed it on, but it wont provide any answers, but it could be something for our family members to look into.

        My son is having much broader genetic testing done, as they seem to think there’s a lot more going on with him. They are the results we are most interested in.

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