Non-Verbal 5-Year-Old with Autism Speaks Her First Word, Leaves Mom in Tears in Drive-Thru

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Hearing their child’s first word is a moment worth capturing for any parent. But for Briana Blankenship, the moment was even more precious. So precious, in fact, that she stopped in the middle of the McDonald’s drive-thru, fully aware that she was holding up the line, to capture it.

The difference between Blankenship’s child’s first word and most other people’s children’s first words is that Blankenship’s daughter, Taylor, is not an infant, or even a toddler, following the traditional timeline of learning to talk. She is five years old and has never spoken a single intelligible word in her entire life.

So when Blankenship heard Taylor say “mama” in the back seat of the car as they were driving through the McDonald’s drive-thru, she knew it was worth stopping to enjoy hearing the simple word. And she was right; Taylor’s first word was so beautiful, that it left her mother in tears.

“I am ugly crying in the McDonald’s parking lot and the employees probably think I’m crazy,” Blankenship wrote in a Facebook post. “In the drive-thru, I suddenly heard Taylor say ‘MAMA.'”

This proud mother doesn’t regret holding up the line, either. “There was no way I wasn’t getting proof of this,” she says. “I can’t explain how unbelievably grateful and ecstatic I am right now.”

In the video below, listen as Blankenship prompts Taylor to say “mama.” The young girl copies her mother again and again, rocking back and forth and smiling, clearly enjoying the game.

Congratulations to this proud mama and her amazing daughter! May these little moments continue to surprise you and fill you with joy!

See this beautiful moment unfold in the video below.

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Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?
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