She Hasn’t Spoken In THREE Years, But When She Asks Mom THIS Question, She STUNS Everyone!
Imagine for a moment that your child, like most children, began saying words like “hello, goodbye, mama and papa” at the age of 2 years old. Then one day, she stops. Three years go by, and nothing, just silence. Now you can only communicate using pictures and sign language, but the daily beauty of hearing your child’s voice is gone. Then one day, you’re in your kitchen and that same innocent child is eating at the table. And out of the blue she opens her mouth and says, “more toast please.”
Mom and her full-time carer Rachel, 48, couldn’t believe it, “it was a really magical moment – it was the first thing she has said in three years.”
“Her exact words were ‘I want more toast please.'”
Coco Bradford was diagnosed with autism at the age of two, now at five, for her, communicating verbally stands as a huge progression in her development.
“She looked so pleased with herself and was jumping up and down and just kept saying ‘I want more toast.’ Rachel told The Daily Mail “I am not surprised her first words were about toast. She loves it and has always eaten it.” She continued, “Like most kids with autism, Coco has a very limited diet. You are not supposed to show how excited you get as kids link power with that word but we just couldn’t control it. We were clapping and cheering.”
Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age. According to Autism Speaks, which continues to fund research on effective methods for earlier diagnosis, early intervention with proven behavioral therapies can improve outcomes. Increasing autism awareness is a key aspect of this work and one in which families and volunteers play an invaluable role.
“We waited so long for her to talk and for her to just do it unprompted was quite magical really. It is just so lovely and I can not explain how happy we all are. The day after, my husband came home from work and Coco poked her head around the corner and said hello.” Rachel explains, “it has really opened things up and in just two days she has started using a lot more words. The speed of how quickly she has learnt has shocked everyone. She is now shocking us every day with something new.”
We are so happy for Coco and her family, what an blessing! Amen!