Autism Transitions and Moving To New House

– What’s up guys, welcome to the– – [All] Vlog. (grunts)
(mumbling) – So we have to go do
the final walkthrough at the new house before closing, that’s exciting, that’s
why I have sunglasses on inside the house, I’m not a dork. Ab you wanna say hi to
everybody, say hello. We’re having a pretty good day, y’know, kind of a little bit
of lazy Sunday for Abbie. Not so much for everybody else, we’re still working on the
finalization of all the moving and packing and stuff like that. We’re still packing, I feel
like we’ve been packing forever. Okay we gotta go. Isaiah, you’re gonna hang out. Oh yeah, we got mail time coming up today. – [Priscilla] Maybe. – Okay, okay, let’s go
check out the house, make sure it looks the same as the first time we saw it. – Yeah. – We’re back home. Sorry, we couldn’t take
you in there for that ’cause it’s business, y’know. Final walkthrough, make sure
everything that was done that we requested be
done, that kinda thing. We’ll be doing the empty house tour will be a standalone video. – Yes.
– Yeah. That’ll be separate. This is just the regular vlog. Did you enjoy lunch, was it good? Had some Zaxby’s chicken. Ugh, so ready to get in the house and start cooking Priscilla. I’m so tired of takeout
and fast food and. (gags) We’ve been eating okay, we’ve still been doing okay with that, like I haven’t put on any weight. Abbie’s put on a little bit of weight but that’s mainly from camp
and going to California. In ‘N’ Out Burgers and them
camp snacks that getcha huh? – [Priscilla] I’ve lost weight. – Priscilla’s been losing
weight consistently obviously still, but, yeah we
haven’t been eating terrible, but y’know you just get tired of takeout. I want fish tacos that we make, not that we get from a restaurant. A lot of the concern
that you guys have had and I’ve had the same concern obviously is how Abbie’s doing with the move as far as things changing in the house. Then we have the whole transition of her moving to the new house and all that to deal with, but as far as things in the house, my little girl’s a chameleon. She adapts really well, transitions like that,
things changing in the house she adapts quickly to which is good, we’ve seen signs of that with moving. She gets real comfortable
real quick, things change. I think one advantage of this house thing taking so long is that
we’ve been doing this for a while now. So she’s grown accustomed
to the packing and all that, it’s become her norm. You adjust to your new norm very quickly. And she’s done really well, we’ve always been very fortunate with the whole transition thing and things changing
around her in her world and her doing well with it. Now you have the sniffles
huh, are you sick? Are you feeling okay? Huh? You just ate an entire meal. You did. Tip of the day. (sneezing) Oh. That was gross. I got it. Okay tip of the day, in reference to that, is give your kids the credit they deserve. Abbie is a trooper. I think sometimes we tend
to soften the blow too much and when really they’re a lot more capable of handling things than
we give them credit for. You are a rockstar, just want you to know. Now you know just think. Shh. You may be wondering why
her cushions are white and they’ve been that
way for several days, ’cause we took the
covers off to clean them and then I lost them. I didn’t lose them, I put
them in a special place. I know that means losing them. I put them in a special place so that Abigail wouldn’t take ’em ’cause she’ll steal things, take ’em into her room, and add to her nest that she creates. I found them, they’re
on the back of our chair in our bedroom. – Okay.
– That’s where I hung them up. So we can put our couch back together. – [Priscilla] Yay. (knocking) – [Asa] Isaiah, you have no bed. – No it’s okay, it’s fine. I’ll just stay here tonight. The end of an era. – So we got rid all of Isiah’s furniture, he’s getting new furniture. All of his stuff we actually
got from a yard sale six or seven years ago, so this is all gonna be new stuff that he’s getting in the new house. So we’re giving his
stuff away that we got. It was yard sale stuff
and all that, what’s up? – [Isaiah] This is my
box of disappointments. – [Asa] Oh. – [Isaiah] watch I broke. This is the phone that
I put the shop put ball. – [Asa] Isaiah dropped a shop put ball. – On the phone.
– Nope, that’s not that one. Nope.
– No. – [Asa] That one you were
skating or riding a bike. – [Isaiah] While I was skateboarding and I had a broken arm. – [Asa] Yeah, this is one is the one that you dropped the shot put ball on. – [Isaiah] This is my parking ticket. I didn’t know how parking meters worked. – Another broken–
– Abbie– – Smart watch.
– Oh yeah, no that was– – Don’t try to blame–
– It wasn’t Abbie actually. – [Asa] This one was Abbie. We told Isiah we’re
gonna make a shadow box of all of his broken cellphones. How’s your current phone? – It’s broken. – Broken.
– Yeah. – [Asa] Okay let me know down below if you have teenagers or young adults, what’s your dead phone count? Isaiah gets used phones, he always has, he’s never actually received a new phone. – Which is good, it’s a good, like it’s. – It’s financially wise, yes. – Yeah, y’all are smart. – [Priscilla] Pick the mat up. Take it to the dumpster. – [Asa] Good job helping! – [Priscilla] Come on. This one. This dumpster. – [Isaiah] The big one. – [Asa] You got that? You’re so big, look at you. – [Priscilla] Thank you ma’am. – [Asa] (laughs) Can’t help it. – [Priscilla] Okay, get
the concrete planter. – [Asa] Yeah, get the
concrete planter. (laughs) – [Isaiah] Can you get that? – [Asa] No? She said no. (laughs) – [Isaiah] Okay, it’s okay, I’ll get it. – So we have donated and given away and sold as much as we could, but that’s why the dumpster’s out there there’s just some stuff people won’t take, so we are getting rid of some stuff. Which a lot of our stuff, actually all of our stuff pretty much was second hand other than the most recent couches we bought for the
sitting room and whatnot, so. – [Priscilla] Did Isaiah help– – Still some recycling going on, but. Unfortunately you just, you
create so much waste, y’know? Ooh, that’s heavy huh? – [Priscilla] Okay,
don’t dump it everywhere. – [Isaiah] It’s a big boy. – [Asa] You gonna launch that in there? – [Priscilla] Go help him with that. – [Asa] Oh, I got this piece. – [Priscilla] Oh my gosh, you’re dumping the dirt everywhere. – [Asa] Don’t hurt yourself. (scraping) (thuds)
(grunts) Good job.
– Jeez. – [Asa] Hey I got this one. – [Isaiah] ‘Kay thanks, thanks. (thuds) – [Asa] Got it. – And you still got dirt all over the– – [Asa] You’re welcome. How you guys doing over here? – We’re busy hands. – [Asa] So Priscilla’s going through all of the sensory stuff and
craft things and all that. So this whole cabinet you guys was filled with sensory toys, puzzles,
craft things, stuff like that, and Abbie is really enjoying this unpacking process here, isn’t she? – Yeah. – [Asa] She is loving this part of the– – [Priscilla] She’s tryna M-O-U-T-H. – Oh, all the, yeah. So we’re actually looking for childcare during the move so like
Tuesday, Wednesday, right. Thursdays, because of this. We really wish we could
just have her sit down and I wish that you could
just play with stuff kiddo but I know it’s hard to keep
it out of your mouth, huh? So the pica still runs strong in this one. The need to mouth inedible objects. (Abbie vocalizes) The real deal. – [Priscilla] Your yeller’s fixed. – [Asa] Yeah. (chuckles) She lost her voice. – [Isaiah] Earlier yeah, she was like. (impersonating someone hoarse) It was so funny. You’re angry when you were
brought that play doh. – [Asa] So it’d be cool if we could just give her her stuff and let her. (Abbie laughs) Okay, all gone. Sorry. Come on.
– It’s so hard not to laugh sometimes.
– Jump up. I know it is, come on. ‘Cause she’s just cute. – [Isaiah] She’s super cute. – [Asa] If you were less
cute it’d be easier. Come on, get up, you’re all done. No, you have to get up. Time to go elsewhere. Thanks for playing. So I just found this, Isaiah
wrote this in 5th grade. It is “Isaiah’s Life,” by Isaiah A. Maass. Look at that. So this is about your sister. Do you wanna tell us what you wrote here? Read that out. This is y’know, from the mouth of babes. A fifth grader. – A fifth grader. A fifth grader, don’t attack me. (laughing) My sister being born, it’s a girl. I was four years old when my baby sister Abigail Maass was born. From the get go we knew
something was wrong with her because she was developing
slower than other kids. – [Asa] From the get go. – From the get go. (Abbie vocalizes) We knew. She was later diagnosed with a developmental
disability called autism. We were sad that she
wouldn’t be a normal child but we loved her all the same. – ‘Cause we’re such good people. – [Asa] From the mouth of babes. (laughs) – I’m sorry Abbie, you don’t deserve that. That was my top penmanship. – Now we say normal’s overrated, right? – Yeah.
– Yeah. We have kids that comment on
our videos all the time, right? And then there’s even adults that aren’t exposed to certain things that comment on our videos all the time, and they use words like normal. Y’know why is she not normal. Things like that, and it’s not like, you weren’t being rude as a fifth grader. – [Isaiah] Right. – You were just speaking in
terms that made sense to you. Normal was neurotypical. It’s ignorance, and
ignorance isn’t a bad word, it’s not like saying someone is dumb. – [Isaiah] It has a bad connotation. – It does have a bad connotation, right. It just means not knowing, uninformed. Sometimes people are just ignorant and we educate them, and
then they are no longer ignorant on the subject. Isn’t the world a wonderful place, look at all the good we’re going. High five. (vocally whooshes) That’s pretty cool bud. What are you getting into
trouble, get outta here. – [Isaiah] Hey. – [Asa] Huh? – I predicted the future. – [Asa] What? – [Isaiah] What is that
symbol, you might ask? I will tell you that
it is the YouTube logo. (laughing) – [Asa] Okay your nails are pink though. – There was a spa day at camp. But that’s not important, look. That is, that says clearly in the scribbles, Fathering Autism. – [Asa] Oh yeah right. (laughs) – I wrote it, and that
was like when I started– – [Asa] That’s kinda crazy though that you have a laptop on
your “Isaiah’s Life” book from fifth grade with YouTube on it. – It was really ’cause I watched
a lot of Halo Reach videos. – Look, but you still have a wired mouse. What, come on. So yeah, so we’ll be moving with Abigail and trying to navigate that. It’s gonna be a little bit challenging, y’know we’ll have all the
doors open at this house, all the doors open at the new house, and there’ll be movers
moving boxes in and out, and we’ll be moving stuff in and out ’cause we’re gonna carry
some loads over ourself, and it’s just gonna be active and busy and we don’t have
anywhere for Abbie to go, and that’s okay, we’ll figure it out. I think one of the cool parts, my favorite part about the internet, the reason why we started this vlog, the reason why other people wanna share their lives on the internet, is that you get to see life
from a different perspective. You get to see other peoples’ challenges, other peoples’ triumphs, all those glorious things
that we share with you guys every single day and it’s not, y’know, and it’s not to whine oh like oh we have, y’know, we don’t have childcare. It’s just life, we just deal with it. Everybody has challenges, right guys? Like Isaiah’s getting
stuff off the top shelf ’cause Priscilla has height challenges. (laughing) – Vertically challenged. – I am. – [Asa] Says the five
foot eight and a half guy. – I’m tall enough, okay? – Yeah I’m really just bitter
because she didn’t ask me to help get stuff off
the top shelf, ’cause. – What’s that? – Stance next next to me. – What’s wrong? I can’t hear you down there, shorty. How’s the weather?
– I was just saying that you’re taller than me–
– You’re small. – And now you’re gonna get all salty. – I got cloud cover up here, it’s cool. Collected, nice, now you’re on your toes. – I am. (laughs) Are you ready for bed? Can you say goodnight to everybody? Say bye. Good job. She’s exhausted, she’s exhausted. Aw you have glitter
right here on your eye, it makes your eyes sparkle. He’s exhausted, I am too,
but I have a video to edit. We’re gonna do a few
more things before bed but we’ll see you guys tomorrow. Tomorrow, tomorrow, we’re
filming the empty house tour. See you then, bye guys. – Bye.
(beeps) – [Asa] You have to go up to bed, you can’t sleep on the floor. Come on. Come on, are you so exhausted? Moving’s hard work, huh? (chuckles) – She’s waving.
– She’s waving, let’s go. – [Priscilla] I love you. – [Asa] Let’s go night night. Can you just put yourself to bed? Hey, can you put yourself to bed? ‘Kay, see ya.

100 thoughts on “Autism Transitions and Moving To New House

  1. My dead phone count is 1… I’ve only ever fully broken one phone which I already had replaced… I opened it up to have a look and accidentally broke the connector to the backlight

  2. 1.: "Normal" – Everytime someone would comment that my child was not looking "normal" I was scared that he was ill! I thought they meant "he's not like he usually is"😂.

    2.: When we moved I had a family member be there only for my child. They played with a few favourite toys and so he could watch everything that changed around them from a little safe island that didn't change at all during those couple of days. It worked very well. Abby is too grown-up for it, though, she doesn't need that probably.

    Have a safe move, not too much broken stuff and nice weather during that time! Kind regards to all of you!🤗

  3. My daughter has gone thru 3 phones this year alone. she closed the car door on one that fell out of her pocket. dropped one on the concrete driveway getting out of the car and dropped one in t he toilet. lol

  4. Hi! I have been watching your videos for sometime now and you are awesome parents. I admire your patience and all the love you show to everyone you meet. I’m from Sweden I just wanted you to know that you have touched my heart. I have 2 boys with ADHD and I think that is a handful but… then I think of the tips and patience you have thought me and I feel so much better as a mum. So thank you!!! ❤️‼️

  5. me, 27 can't remember a time i had a phone for longer than a month without cracking the screen! i have a problem

  6. I have two nephews who have autism. i watch your videos to try and understand their world more and what i can do to help them succeed. Thank you!

  7. It was interesting you mentioned the nest that Abbie creates in her room. Is that for sleeping? Every teenager I know including my 3 sons and all of my grandkids have hoarded every blanket pillow or throw in their rooms.

  8. My son has severe ADHD and I notice he puts a lot of stuff in his mouth. Do you think that could be something similar? I get after him and now I feel bad :(.

  9. As soon as you indicated a huge surprise that you’d show at the end, I KNEW it was a pool! I figured immediately it HAD to be!! CONGRATULATIONS to all of you on the purchase of a very beautiful roomy luxurious home…..WITH A POOL!!! 😁 👍🏻 ❤️

  10. Lol when Abbie tried put the play dough in her mouth and then she smiled it made me laugh! She is just the cutest! I think u are one special lil girl 🙂

  11. i love seeing the relationship that ur children have bc it reminds me of the relationship i have w my older brother who has down syndrome!!💙

  12. Never broke a phone, ive had 4 iphones and 5 samsungs. Never dropped in a toilet, broke a screen.. and im in mid 20's.

  13. I have a learning disability it is not the biggest or the. Smallest learning disability but in enjoy help kids with a bigger disability and learned a lot of things from watching you guy love you guys for letting learn some that will help my classmate and me but most of all my classmates

  14. Asa: Your nails are pink though
    Isaiah: "shrugs shoulders" there was a spa day at camp
    Oh Isaiah how i adore you, so many 17 year old guys would be mortified, you just rock them lol. I'm sure you made some kids at camp very happy by being their spa buddy/victim 😉

  15. My daughter is 18 and on her 25th cell phone. This past phone I bought her is the last one I’m buying. I’m transferring liability so she can be responsible for taking care of her own phone and bill. I’m almost 50 and never had 1 broken phone…kids. lol

  16. Man alive I wish I lived near you guys cause I'd love to be able to spend time with Abbie while you guys are moving!

  17. LOL Asa… I’m always putting things in a special places… yup then I lose them. My son is the same way with phones, his screen is broken atm… lol but it’s still ticking.

  18. My brother is 34…he still breaks at least 2 phones a year 🤦🏻‍♀️
    I’ve broken 1 phone and it was years ago before smart phones 😂
    So it wasn’t that big a deal.
    I give my kids used iPads so if they break them it’s not as sad..sad…but not as sad as a new one breaking

  19. Your blogs are amazing!! Very insightful!! But I have a question do you ever feel like she gets tired of the camera in her face? You are wonderful with her! You guys get a huge gold star for parenting!!!⭐⭐⭐

  20. I think it’s so funny how every vlog Abby keeps asking to eat something and everyone always has to tell her you just ate Abby 😂😂😂 same girl same love my food too 😂😂❤️

  21. My son is almost 25 he goes thru a phone every few months. He learned how to fix them himself. He bought a iPhone 7 used recently young men are horrible with phones

  22. I’m laughing so hard at Isaiah messing with you over height 😂 I’m an inch taller than my dad and it goes the same way between him and I, “what’s it like down there?”

  23. She was just messing with you all with the play dough. See how fast she tried to put that in her mouth😂 that was funny 😂

  24. You guys are so very inspiring to everybody out there for ppl with disabilities, I myself have a disability myself I’m slightly developmentally delayed I don’t have autism but I get what it’s like not to be accepted by others!

  25. Get him an otterbox! My teen has never broken hers, but she has an otterbox on that thing. I drop mine daily on concrete and it also has not broken since i have an otterbox.

  26. I especially love the swimming pool the swimming pool is my favorite I wish I hade a swimming pool🏊🏻‍♀️💕

  27. I feel like I’m the only person that’s never broken a cell phone. I’ve had a phone for over 6 years but I haven’t even cracked the screen once.

  28. He called you salty Asa Lol This very funny to me. Teenagers. I love your family. Love your new house. Can't wait to see you all moved in.

  29. Isaiah shouldn’t feel bad! I went through 6-8 phones my junior/senior years of high school. And those were the days of the Nokia brick and sturdy flip phones.

  30. Love Abi!!! She’s so sweet and funny and even though she can’t speak you can almost see what she’s really thinking in her looks! 💖

  31. I’ve been struggling lately to get up and I’ve missed my routine of watching your videos every time they come out in the morning. I have felt really sad and down. Now I’m watching I feel much better. Time to binge watch your videos:)

  32. Is this still the mailing address…Fathering Autism

    10416 New Berlin Rd

    MPB 227

    Jacksonville, FL 32226 Sent something but it says could not be delivered..hmmmm,

  33. We always say “ there’s no such thing as normal ! “ , my daughter is autistic but she has speech and is now 22. You are such great parents , your kids are so lovely. Sending blessings from across the pond , Sarah 🇬🇧👍

  34. In Sunday school my niece said to an autistic child why are you so weird. I told her that wasn’t nice and one other time was calling him weird and crazy I said that’s not nice it upset me

  35. I used to break phone all the time. Until I started to used life proof case they make the phone waterproof, dust proof and they can be dropped 2 meters and do fine. You can also get a lanyard to stop it from being dropped.

  36. Honestly seeing the way the whole family still has enthusiasm for life even when they are tired and overwhelmed is so encouraging.

  37. The day of the move…can you drop Abbie off at Priscilla's moms house for the day? I know you already moved but why didn't she spend the day at her grandmothers?

  38. The vlog harmony's 0:01 – 0:05 .lol > l 3:21 > 3:50 > 6:35 – 6:41 > 7:33 >11:43 . Abbie's like i'm in if your'e in, physc😂 5:39 /5:43. Abbie's sly one w/ that trick 7:49 – 7:52/9:48. 👊9:46/ 9:57 . 11:50 / 12:29 The fake out, Abbie's smart

  39. Amazing vlog talking about the realities and challenges in life. Loved it so much. Abbie you were such a tease with the playdoh! Loved Isaiah's spa day pink nails and his grade 5 stories. Moving is so hard. You all are doing a great job with it! Priscilla you are looking great! Asa you explained normal so well. Love you Maass Family!👍☺💕

  40. oh my gosh i’m dying right before abbie puts the play dough in her mouth she gives this devilish smirk it’s so funny

  41. I tidied my room and found all the stuff that I'd put in a 'special place'. Isaiah's response to his pink nails is just so chill like it's a normal thing for a teenage boy to have on his nails.

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