Every child is a blessing. Watching them grow up is one of the many joys only parents get to experience. Hearing them utter their first word is memorable. However, for Briana Blankenship, hearing her daughter, Taylor, speak for the first time is monumental and magical.
Briana’s daughter, Taylor, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and sensory processing disorder. Medical professionals have told Briana that Taylor would never be able to talk. Briana loves her daughter, unconditionally. She has accepted that she would never get to hear Taylor’s voice.
However, the unexpected happened one ordinary day.
Briana was driving her daughter to her gymnastics class. They swung by a McDonald’s drive-thru to get a snack. McDonald’s French Fries is Taylor’s favorite food. As they drove through their local McDonalds, Briana heard Taylor say “Mama.”
In a burst of joy, Briana shared her experience on Facebook.
She claimed that she was crying in the McDonald’s parking lot and the employees probably thought she was crazy. In the drive-thru, Briana had suddenly heard Taylor say ‘MAMA.’
Briana shared her incredible experience with the Love What Matters page on Facebook:
“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 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.”
Being five and nonverbal autistic, Taylor was never expected to speak a word. In fact, she has never spoken a word up until that day. Briana said that she grabbed her phone and started recording the moment Taylor started talking. She also said the line at the drive-thru must have grown longer while she was capturing proof of the incident. She said that she was unbelievably grateful and happy.
Her post has since gone viral. Briana explains that her family has been overwhelmed with messages from people who have non-verbal children.
Briana believes in giving others like her hope for their loved ones. She wants them to feel less alone in the daily battles of parenting a nonverbal child.
Briana believes that her story would urge people to try to learn more about autism. She hopes that the experience would shed a better light on the condition and bring about acceptance.
Watch the emotional moment Taylor breaks her silence in the video below:
What an incredible moment for Briana! This certainly put a smile on our faces!
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