Autism Acceptance | Kansas City MomCast Episode 42

April is Autism Acceptance month, and our discussion today will touch the latest information on autism identification, therapies, resources in Kansas City, and how we can all be allies for families with an autistic child.

  • About 1 in 36 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) 
  • ASD is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups 
  • ASD is nearly 4 times more common among boys than girls

Source: CDC

Here to discuss with us today is Marena Mitchell, speech pathologist and owner of Bringing Therapy Home. 

Meet Marena Mitchell

In addition to being a speech pathologist and business owner, Marena is mom to two kids — Everett, 11 and Cora, 7 —and was recently awarded 2022 Kansas Speech-Language Pathologist of the Year.  Marena is passionate about Autism, Social Emotional Development, Executive Functioning skills, and parent collaboration. 

Follow Bringing Therapy Home on social media on Instagram and Facebook.



What We’re Loving In Kansas City

The Coterie Theatre

Megan and Sarah both have recently gotten to see the Coterie production of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, and it was AMAZING. Located in Crown Center, you and your family could easily make a day of out going to a show and exploring the area.
The Coterie Theatre, named “One of the Five Best Theaters for Young Audiences” in the U.S. by TIME magazine, provides unique theatre experiences for families and young audiences. The company is nationally recognized for its one-of-a-kind programming that features a year-round season of live plays and musicals on the company’s mainstage, for which individual, group, and season tickets are available.
The Coterie also offers acting and theatre classes year-round for Pre K-12th grades at multiple locations around Kansas City, including an extensive summer program of classes and performance camps.

Craft Putt in Overland Park

Craft Putt is a locally owned mini golf bar and restaurant located in Overland Park, KS. Megan and her family went and it was extremely family friendly, perfect for all ages. Go to just putt-putt or stay and have dinner afterwards. The 9,000 sq ft space features a custom designed 10-hole indoor mini golf course that was designed by the owner to challenge those with competitive spirits but to also be enjoyed by the more casual putt putter. It also features 24 local craft beers!

Check out our full putt putt guide here!

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Hi! I'm Megan, former teacher turned stay-at-home-but-never-home mom to Peyton, 7, and Gage, 4. I host the Kansas City MomCast podcast! I'm married to the most patient person on this earth, Chris, and we live in Overland Park with our kids, an insane lab, and two guinea pigs. You can find me over committing to everything, reading informational and self-help texts, listening to podcasts, organizing, spending time with friends over margaritas, thrifting, and staying up way too late to have peace and serenity. I love people and hearing their stories and look forward to connecting with KCMC readers!