For many parents of children with autism, the period between ages one and four can be particularly difficult.
While many kids who aren’t on the spectrum are learning to talk by that point, parents of non-verbal kiddos on the spectrum begin grappling with the idea that perhaps their child may be non-verbal for a time or for life.
The good news is that plenty of non-verbal folks go on to lead happy lives, and sometimes, children who present as non-verbal can develop speech after the age of four. Just ask this proud mama!
While in the drive-thru at her local McDonald’s one day, Brianna Blankenship heard something she never thought would be possible. As she was ordering, her daughter, Taylor, said, “Mama!” Up to that point, she had been totally non-verbal.
Brianna quickly pulled out her camera to capture the sweet moment, later posting it with the following caption:
I am ugly crying in the McDonald’s parking lot and the employees probably think I’m crazy. In the drive thru I suddenly heard Taylor say ‘MAMA.’ For those of you that don’t know, Taylor is five and is non-verbal autistic. She has NEVER said a word. EVER.
The sweet little girl smiles from ear to ear as Mom revels in her massive achievement! Much to Brianna’s surprise, Taylor said the word over and over again when asked, giggling each time.
“I’m pretty sure I held up the drive thru line,” she said, “but there was no way I wasn’t getting proof of this. I can’t explain how unbelievably grateful and ecstatic I am right now.”
The response Brianna and Taylor have gotten online has been overwhelming.
“We are thrilled that this video has resonated with so many of you,” she writes in the post. “We have had messages from parents with non-verbal children telling us that Taylor’s video has given them hope and we have had people with neurologically typical kids tell us that this video has reminded them that they may be taking things for granted with their kids and that they will start celebrating the smaller stuff more often.”
It really doesn’t get much better than that.
Watch Taylor reach this huge milestone in the video down below and share to remind the people you love that everyone’s victories are worth celebrating!
"I am ugly crying in the McDonald's parking lot and the employees probably think I'm crazy. In the drive thru I suddenly heard Taylor say 'MAMA.' For those of you that don't know. Taylor is 5 and is nonverbal autistic. She has NEVER said a word. EVER. As soon as she said it I grabbed my phone and started recording. I'm pretty sure I held up the drive thru line but there was no way I wasn't getting proof of this. I can't explain how unbelievably grateful and ecstatic I am right now."For our best love stories, subscribe to our free email newsletter: http://bit.ly/29l733Q#LoveWhatMattersCredit: Briana Blankenship
Posted by Love What Matters on Tuesday, May 8, 2018