Sibling Spotlight is an opportunity for kids who have brothers or sisters with autism to come together in a fun and safe environment to interact with peers, mentors, and program facilitators about experiences they have with their sibling with autism. The goal is to provide a healthy support system and coping skills through fun and engaging activities that ultimately help them navigate this complicated journey.
ISAAC Foundation's Sibling Spotlight is held once a month, September through June, and is ideal for neuro-typical kids ages 6 through 11 years old. Kids who are 12 through 18 years old participate in the program as Sibling Mentors and work with our program facilitator, Roni, as part of our peer leadership team.
While there is no cost to participate in this program, families are asked to commit to the ENTIRE sibling spotlight season (attendance of 80% or better) so that the kids have a consistent opportunity to build peer relationships. This program is limited to just 25 registered participants.
All events are held at ISAAC Foundation Headquarters located at 30 W. Third in Downtown Spokane.
Saturday, October 6th | 1-4pm (Mentors to arrive 15 minutes early)
Saturday, November 3rd | 1-4pm (Mentors to arrive 15 minutes early)
Saturday, December 1st | 1-4pm (Mentors to arrive 15 minutes early)
Saturday, January 5th | 1-4pm (Mentors to arrive 15 minutes early)
Saturday, February 2nd | 1-4pm (Mentors to arrive 15 minutes early)
Saturday, March 2nd | 1-4pm (Mentors to arrive 15 minutes early)
Saturday, April 13th | 1-4pm (Mentors to arrive 15 minutes early)
Saturday, May 4th | 1-4pm (Mentors to arrive 15 minutes early)
Parent Meeting (No Kids) | Saturday, May 11th at 2pm
FINAL SIBLING SPOTLIGHT (OFF-SITE EVENT) | Saturday, June 1st | 1-4pm (Mentors to arrive 15 minutes early)
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 At approximately 15 months of age, Isaac began becoming withdrawn, stopped responding to sound and began exhibiting symptoms of anxiety.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.