Oct 3, 2018
In this episode we take a look at a mother’s journey when
her daughter says her first word, "Mama." This moment was captured
on video and quickly went viral on many social media outlets.
Taylor's video touched the hearts of many as they feel her
happiness and pure joy in saying her first word.
Meet Briana Blankenship as she shares her experiences with
her daughter Taylor. After going to many doctor's who told her
Taylor, "Was fine." and that, "She would grow out of it," Briana
knew something was not right. She trusted her intuition and
demanded that her daughter receive an official diagnosis of autism.
Her journey is similar to many parents who struggle to get services
for their child. Despite it all, Briana focused on the positive and
was rewarded with hearing her daughters first word be Mama. This is
an episode you don't want to miss!
IN THIS EPISODE:
- Our special guest is Briana Blankenship.
- Earlier this year she posted a video of her daughter on social
media saying her first word, “Mama" and it went viral touching many
- She explains how she got started on the autism journey later
- Her daughter Taylor was an only child and Briana didn’t have
any friends or family members with children to compare Taylor
- Her doctor believed there was not anything to be concerned
- However, her daycare had concerns and expressed them to
- She got a second opinion from a doctor who believed Taylor was
fine and she would, "Grow out of it. Every child is
- Taylor met all the developmental milestones. Taylor was loving,
she made eye contact, the only thing she was not doing was
- Briana went to a speech therapist who showed Briana and her
husband all the things Taylor should be doing.
- It was an eye opener for Briana and she felt like such an awful
parent. Taylor was 3 when she started speech therapy and she
started late based on what several pediatricians told her.
- Fortunately, Taylor has a great program in her public school
system. Evaluations were done at school.
- However, no official diagnosis was made because doctors were
- Briana and her husband decided to take matters into their own
- There were no resources until Briana demanded to transfer
doctors or to refer her to a doctor that could officially diagnosis
- It's amazing to hear that so many places and professionals are
still unaware of autism. Hearing things like boys develop later, he
will talk later, or walk later. It's disheartening to hear
pediatricians specifically are not open.
- Taylor has limited language and cannot converse. She can answer
a direct question or make a request on the ipad.
- On April 30, 2018 Taylor was headed gymnastics. Before class
they went through a McDonalds Drive Thru.
- Taylor was excited for her french fries. While sitting in the
long line of drive thru, Taylor said, "Mama." She said it again and
- Briana grabbed the phone because she wanted her husband and mom
to see her saying mama so they would believe it.
- At the drive thru window Briana was crying and the workers
didn't know what was wrong.
- She parked in the parking lot, called her husband so he could
hear her, then called her mom and left a voicemail. She was
blubbering the whole time.
- She wanted more people to hear Taylor say, "Mama," so she
uploaded it to Facebook and tagged her family members and went to
- After class it already had 200 likes and many comments within
45 minutes. The next morning it had 900 likes and the likes
continued to increase.
- Videos like that resonate with people especially when a child
with autism speaks.
- Taylor was so happy saying Mama and that is what people were
really drawn to because they felt her happiness and pure joy.
- The video lights your heart in which people can connect with
and is very inspirational.
- Trust your gut... your instinct. When something does not feel
right to you get a second opinion. Don’t’ take what your doctors
says as truth.
- Don’t take for granted the small successes you have because
there is always someone else that wishes their child is doing
something that your child is doing.