Help us reach our goal of $6,000 that will provide the funding needed to create about 250 weighted blankets and lap pads for individuals in our area for in 2017!
One of the programs that the ISAAC Foundation is proud to call its own is the weighted blankets and lap pad program. Week after week, we have the benefit of receiving testimonials of gratitude from dozens of individuals and parents who have received an ISAAC Foundation weighted blanket or lap pad. It's hard to believe that something so simple can provide such a profound benefit to individuals not only touched by autism but other medical conditions as well.
Why is our program so special? These magical blankets are incredibly expensive when purchased from online retailers and, due to changes in body weight, some children require two blankets per year. A blanket that would cost a family over $180 online is made with the help of local sewing volunteers and donors for just $20.
Never heard of the magical benefits of a weighted blanket or lap pad? Let us explain the science and why they work. Weighted blankets and lap pads are made of synthetic, machine washable pellets that provides the body with a DEEP PRESSURE experience that many individuals with ASD crave. When a weighted blanket is used, the weight of the blanket TRICKS the brain into releasing serotonin which is often abnormally low in individuals with bipolar, autism and ADHD. Serotonin is a key element in the brain that helps an individual relax and, once relaxed, can assists in a more peaceful and restful period of sleep.
Stats we are proud of: 2015 ISAAC awarded over 225 weighted blankets to individuals in need of a weighted blanket or lap pad in our region. The retail value of these products had we purchased these from a retailer would be over $22,500.
In 2016 local municipalities contracted the ISAAC Foundation to make 52 weighted blankets to be used on first response vehicles for the benefit of individuals in crisis in the Spokane area.
In 2016, ISAAC Foundation is on pace to award over 300 weighted blankets and lap pads! Retail these would have cost over $30,000!
ISAAC Foundation helps all ages and all disabilities. You don't have to have an Autism diagnosis to receive the benefit of a weighted blanket or lap pad.
With more individuals than ever are utilizing our weighted blanket and lap pad program, our budget has been stretched to its limit and we are in desperate need of additional funding. While we charge families $10 for a weighted lap pad and $20 for a weighted blanket, this does not cover the true cost of the materials required for these items.
We project in 2017 we will require the following supplies:
2300 pounds of synthetic poly pellets
Over 1000 yards of fabric
Help us reach our goal and you can bask in the glow of knowing that you provided the comforting benefit of a weighted blanket for an individual in need in our community.
~The ISAAC Foundation Holly and Krysten
Isaac was born to his parents, Reed and Holly Lytle, on March 28, 2003. He was named after his two grandfathers, Isaac “Lynn” Bahme and Dennis Lytle. He was a happy baby who brought immense joy to his parents and older brother Jared. At approximately 15 months of age, Isaac began becoming withdrawn, stopped responding to sound and began exhibiting symptoms of anxiety. His parents immediately sought help and were told that Isaac exhibited “red flags” for autism. Isaac immediately began receiving intensive early intervention therapies such as speech, occupational and DIR/Floortime therapies. At approximately 18 months old, Isaac received his official diagnosis of Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), under the umbrella of autism spectrum disorders.
The months and years following Isaac’s diagnosis was a mixture of joyous progress and frustrating setbacks. Isaac’s parents quickly discovered that not all health insurance plans provided therapy intervention benefits to children diagnosed with autism. Because of insurance limitations for Isaac’s therapy needs, Isaac’s mother began working from home and paid therapists to teach her the therapy techniques needed to help Isaac fight autism. After months of hard work and hours of home therapy with his parents, Isaac began to improve. He began making eye contact, started to enjoy school and interact with classmates, siblings and cousins and most importantly he began to speak.
Not realizing that their time with Isaac would tragically be cut short, Isaac’s parents kissed their beautiful, bright eyed boy goodnight and in the wee hours of the morning on February 8, 2007, Isaac quietly passed away in his sleep from an undetected genetic heart defect, not related to autism. Isaac was just a few weeks from celebrating his fourth birthday.
Looking back, Isaac’s parents prefer to remember all of the good times they shared with him. His family fondly remembers Isaac’s passion for music. His favorite songs were by the Wiggles. Isaac had the pleasure of seeing the Wiggles in concert here in Spokane TWICE!!! He also enjoyed almost every song performed by Johnny Cash but was particularly fond of “Ring of Fire” and would often sing along.
His favorite movie was “Finding Nemo” but would hide in his room during the opening scene of the movie (when Nemo’s mother Coral is attacked by the Barracuda Fish). He just couldn’t watch the loss of Nemo’s mother. Isaac was also a huge fan of Mickey Mouse and had a stuffed Mickey that he would give lots and lots of hugs. Isaac also left behind an extensive car and train collection which his parents cherish to this day.
As with all children, Isaac loved his junk food. His particular favorites were popcorn, any kind of soda, milkshakes and ice cream of any flavor, popsicles, pizza and any candy he could get his hands on. His most favorite food of all time was McDonald’s French Fries. Isaac’s parents laugh as they remember his instinctual knowledge of every McDonald’s location in Spokane – and he paid close attention anytime he was in the car! If you passed a McDonald’s without stopping for french fries, he would yell in protest from the back seat.
The ISAAC Foundation is a tribute and lasting legacy to Isaac Lytle. It’s continued work will help to improve the lives of children in our community touched by autism for a lifetime.