When a child says their first word, it’s an event to remember. But when a girl with nonverbal autism does it, it’s a reason to ugly cry in a parking lot. And that’s exactly what happened to Briana Blankenship from Athens, Alabama. Doctors said her daughter, Taylor, might never speak. But just days ago, the 5-year-old defied the odds and proved them wrong.
Briana Blankenship is raising a daughter who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder
“I had basically accepted that I would never hear her voice”
But just a few days ago, something special happened
“We were <…> running late [to a gymnastics class], so I had to go through the closest drive-thru to grab her something that she would actually eat”
“We rarely eat fast food so she recognized that she was about to get her favorite food, French fries, and started getting excited and giggling in the back seat”
“Mommy” – “Once I stopped recording it hit me what just happened and I broke down into tears”