She’s Vocalizing – Nonverbal Autistic


– Okay, so we got a text from Abbie’s speech and language
pathologist, for speech therapy that Abigail was vocalizing today. Like… Okay, just stand up. Just stand up. No, don’t do that. Just stand up and walk. Just walk. (Abbie vocalizing) Just keep walking. Come on. Are you carrying packages? – (vocalizes) – [Asa] Yeah, go help! C’mon lets go. (dog barks) – [Asa] Oh, stop it. Just walk past it. Go ahead. I know, you play too much. Say “Move, puppy!” Go ahead, Ab. Don’t put your hands down
there, she’ll get you. Don’t put your hands down there. C’mon, just walk. (laughter in background) Just walk, come on! This way. Just walk, and then… (chuckles) – [Abbie] (vocalizes) – [Asa] Go ahead. No, don’t put your hands down there. Just keep going. Oh my goodness sakes, just walk. Keep going. Look, she’s not gonna get you. (dog barks) (laughing) – [Asa] C’mon, go this way! Go help Summer, go! Hurry, hurry before she comes. Go. (chuckles) Y’all always playing. Go help Summer! So anyway, we got a text
message from Miss Jill. Miss Jill said that
Abbie was vocalizing… C’mon, come with me. …with significant reinforcement. So an edible reinforcer which she doesn’t do very often anymore, she doesn’t really need them but when you know, to really
get her to do something they’ll sometimes do that. We’ve tried to get away
from edible reinforcers as much as possible cause
it just kind of like, you know, “Here do this
and you get a treat!” It’s not desirable. – [Priscilla] Good job. But it does work to teach new skills. Especially something as challenging (Abbie yells) as vocalizing, which
then leads to speaking. – [Asa] Hey, you’re not carrying anything. Ab, here. – [Priscilla] It’s more your speed, chick. – [Asa] There you go, now
you can see over the box. So Ab, do you wanna try it? You’re kind of in a pretty good mood. – [Summer] Try what? – [Asa] Vocalizing. – [Summer] Oh, yeah, I wanna see it! I got it. – [Asa] Leave her be. C’mon, just keep walking. Just keep walking! (chuckles) No, this way, this way. Go ahead! Just leave it. Watch out. Go that way. Okay, we need something
highly reinforcing. What would be highly reinforcing? – Something out of there. – [Asa] C-A-N-D-Y? – Yeah. Abbie, what’s C-A-N-D-Y? What is it? (murmurs) That’s right. Okay, so if this happens,
I want you guys to know this is the first time that she will have vocalized after us
requesting her to do so. So, this is kind of a big deal. Just in case. It’s a big moment. Really shoulda had her send us a video on how she did it, or how they did it. Okay, look at me. We’re gonna say “E.” Can you do that? “E” “E” Can you make a sound? “E” “E” Do this. “E” “E” “E” “E” So I’m trying to set a
pattern of mimicking. So I’ll do stuff that she knows. Great job! Good job. That is candy, that is what it is. (laughing) – [Summer] Stay here. – [Asa] Wait a sec, wait a sec. Oh my goodness, okay. Ready? Ready? Both hands, both. Good job! “E” That’s close. “E” Ready? “E” Can you do this? “Aah” “Mmm” “E” (doorbell rings) – [Summer] It is Brandy. Ready? (door shuts in distance) “E” Look… “E” (Abbie vocalizes) Yeah, that’s a good sound. I like the sound. “E” Ready? Okay, look at me. (Abbie vocalizes) That’s good sounds! So, we got a text that she was vocalizing. – [Brandy] Awesome. – With edible reinforcers. (Abbie vocalizes) – [Brandy} Hey, Girl! – Say Hi! – [Brandy] Are you talkin’ today? Way to go, that’s awesome news! – So, we’re trying it. Of course I didn’t get to see it so… – [Brandy] Yeah, what
vocals are what she said? – “E” and “Mm” (Summer calls for dog) – Summer, would you mind puttin’ her up? “E” Ready? Do this. There’s a lot going on huh? “E” (Abbie vocalizes) Hold on, hold on. Are you getting mad? Hey, it’s okay. It’s okay. Would you like to be done? Okay. (Abbie vocalizes) Do you want to eat that last piece? Yeah? All right, you ready? Let’s do this, let’s do this. Nose. Head. Clap. Make a sound… “Aaahh” (Abbie makes sound) Good sound! (laughter in background) That was a good sound, good job! Yes, okay we’re all done. We’ll work on it again later, okay? I think we need a environment
where nothing is going on. Just like they do in speech, huh? You have all kinds of stuff on you; food in your shirt, stuff in your hair. – [Summer] Look at her arm,
there’s like orange on it. – I know. (Abbie vocalizes) Yeah. – [Priscilla] Good job! – [Summer] She had a
busy day, it looks like. – Yes, she did some gardening today. – [Summer] Yup, you picked
radishes or something? – Can we show them the
pictures of you gardening? Hey, do you want to show them
pictures of you gardening? Yeah? – [Priscilla] Who would’ve thought Abbie. From starting off eating
flowers of the bushes to… – [Asa] Right? – [Priscilla] picking radishes. (indistinct chatter) – [Asa] You used to just eat random plants and now you’re gardening! (background conversation) We’ll come back to that. – [Priscilla] She did amazing! – [Asa] So good. – [Brandy] Like just a primary, or? – [Priscilla] Yeah, but they
did thermometer under her arm. – Very cool. – They did oxygen, where they check… – Yeah, yeah. – Right? Isn’t there where they check… – Pulse. At least I think they do both. – Okay, so she remembered the… (Abbie vocalizing loudly) – So we will revisit that soon. I think we need to go in and view. I can even set up a GoPro in there, so we’re not even in there. During speech, and just let it run. So then we kind of see
exactly what’s going on. – [Priscilla] Yeah we’ll get with Jill and see when she’s going next. – I wanna, I wanna witness that. And I’ll share, you know,
share parts of it with you guys so you can kind of see how speech and language works in general. Very interesting stuff. We’ve done a speech video
before but it wasn’t like… The therapy stuff, you know,
wasn’t a whole lot of what occurs in there but you
getting to see it first hand. Just kind of explaining how it all works. I’ll like that right up here. Very informative, very
interesting video but… yeah we definitely need to do that. Her therapist is amazing,
she’ll be up for it. She loves sharing… – [Priscilla] She still
doesn’t like being on camera. – {Asa] No, she’s not a fan of it. (laughter) – [Priscilla] But she loves sharing. – [Asa] You’re in a really
good mood, I’m glad! – [Priscilla] I know! – [Asa] We actually got
good sleep last night. – Mmm, that helps! – [Asa] Yeah, her sleep has been great but night before last, she
really didn’t sleep at all. But she was just restless all night, like every two hours she was awake. Even when she was sleeping
she was movin’ around a lot. Which she doesn’t normally do. You slept good last night didn’t ya? – Did you get good sleep? – [Asa] What do we got? (laughter) – You know, doctor’s office. (mumbling) – A thermometer. – [Asa] Sweet! – Some alcohol pads, that
might be a weird feeling. – So we’re going to work
on this stuff with Abbie so that we can help her
with going to the doctor and things that you need to go through. There’s things that she
might have an aversion to that we’ve struggled with in the past. But you know, she needs
to get checkups and stuff. So, that’s what the
purpose of this stuff is. Um, Imma do a separate
little video on this kind of, you know, help
you guys out with ABA. Because a lot of people
can’t get ABA therapy and we understand that. So we want to be a resource to kind of show you and maybe help
you out with this stuff. All these things… Priscilla, how much did you
spend on all the medical stuff? – [Priscilla] I wanna say like, $30 maybe? – Wow, really? 30 bucks for everything? – [Priscilla] I think so, but like we don’t have the blood pressure and stuff like Brandy has that kind of stuff. (mumbles) – But yeah, we’re going to make a separate video to help you guys. – Yeah. – Yeah, if your child has aversion. And this would work with any kid, like not just autism. Like that has nothing to do with it. If you have a kid that has an
aversion to doctor’s offices and procedures that happen there then this could be helpful… practicing. So 30 bucks, you said you
have in all this stuff? – I think so. – [Aba] So, with a cuff maybe, if you get a cheap one, it
could be a fake one even. – With the blood pressure? – [Aba and Priscilla] Yeah. – I was saying I need
to order one anyways, I think I found one for
like 20 bucks or something. Yeah and it’s like a real, yeah. – [Priscilla] No? How about this way? (Abbie mumbling) Yeah! Let’s go this way. Nice picking, come one. Come on, yep. Come on. (Abbie vocalizing) – [Brandy] You got it Ab, it’s okay. – [Priscilla] Okay you have
to stop and look for cars. – Sometimes we love going on walks, sometimes we don’t want to go on walks. – [Priscilla] There we go! (Abbie vocalizing) – [Summer] I feel like on this one though, it’s more of a transition. Usually, just past this point
even on the cart and stuff. Once we get doing it, she’s fine. But going to do it is where she gets mad. – [Aba] Sorry babe, I
didn’t get that on camera. – [Brandy] Do you want me to
start over like it’s natural? (laughter) It came out so perfect. – [Aba] Priscilla did a great job. – She did, I was just
complimenting Priscilla on responding to the
little bit of a tantrum over going on a walk versus
getting in the C-A-R. And stopping and giving
Abbie a chance to calm down before walking out the
door and offering choices on which way to go. Letting her know we are taking
a walk and following through when she requested that it end so… it was perfect, and Abbie’s
responding beautifully to it. – It’s just a walk! – You got it huh? And I think on days… So the goal was to see
without pain holding but I think if it’s a day
where she’s more frustrated or more likely to potentially drift off or anything like that. I think it’s totally
fine to take a step back and let her hold hands again, you know? – Yeah. Come one, you got this. – Oh, teenage life. (laughter) – Hey, we can’t sit in the road though you gotta stand up. That’s not safe, come on. – Let’s go. (mumbling) – [Brandy] Can’t sit on the
road there’s too many cars. – [Priscilla] Perfect. We’ve actually been walking all the way to the bridge and back. – [Brandy] Yeah. – We’ll ride the cart to Bloom Park, and then walk the… (car approaches) Oh, scoot over. (instrumental music) – [Priscilla] Hey Ab, you
wanna show Miss Brandy your jumping jacks? Ready? One. Two. Three. Go! Jump! You do it! (laughter) I love you. Hey, jump jump jump. – [Brandy] Good job, Abbie. – [Summer] Look you can
do it, look at me ready. Arms like this, arms like this. Good job! That’s awesome! – [Brandy] Are you exercising? – [Summer] Gotta work on the squats though she doesn’t trust her knees,
she just touches her toes. – Yeah. (laughter) (instrumental music) – So we talked with Brandy about the only thing and how she looks at it as a punishment to go upstairs. This is still a struggle
that we’re having, you know great success the last time we talked about it in the vlog but it’s not fixed yet, you know, she still thinks it’s a punishment so Brandy gave us some good ideas. – [Priscilla] Sometimes. – Sometimes she does. (voices overlap) Sometimes it’s almost
fun for her, you know? (Abbie yells) – [Brandy] We’re staying quiet down here. (Abbie yells) If you wanna yell, you
can yell in your bed or on the couch upstairs, okay? Or you can be quiet down here. – So one way to make that not a punishment is to reinforce yelling upstairs. And as much as we talk
about reinforcements and how, you know – or anti-punishment, pro reinforcement. We didn’t even think about it, we didn’t even think to go upstairs and reinforce that yelling
behavior when she’s upstairs. – [Brandy] Look what I want. Can I show you what I want? (laughter) She’s too excited. (Abbie yells) – So, there’s so much playing into it. So now I almost think its… (mouths word) …where it’s like three of us. (Abbie continues to yell) So I think we just, either we give a gestural prompt to go up or we ignore until she comes back and
then where we’ll block it. You know? (Abbie yells) – You know what sounds good to me? I like cheeseburgers. (laughter) What do you like? Look at all this. (gasps) Which ones do you like? (tablet says “Cheeseburger”) You like the cheeseburger too? Oh bacon and eggs, that looks good too. Where’s your word list? All the food’s out. (tablet says “Cereal”) You know what I like to drink sometimes? (tablet says “Coca Cola”) I like Coca Cola – (tablet says “Cookies”) and cookies, those are good also. What else? (Brandy gasps) Cheese! (tablet says “Cheese”) I love cheese. What do you like? Nothing on this one? How about on this one? (tablet says “Ice Cream”) Ice cream is good too! (laughter) I think I would also pick
ice cream on this one. What’s on this page? (tablet says “Lettuce”) Lettuce! You’re a fibber! (laughter) The orange, that would be good. What about the meat? Look at all the meat! (tablet says “Meat”) Wait, wait, wait! Pick one. Which one would you eat on that one? (tablet says “Pretzels”) Mm pretzels, what about
a big soft pretzel? I think I’m going to have to
go with pizza on this page. Alright your turn, you pick one. (laughter) You pick one. Which one do you like on this page? (tablet says “Strawberries”) I was looking at that too. I also really like… (tablet says “Sandwich”) You want to check the next page? What’s on the next one? Of I know what you’re going to pick here, you better not fib! Which one would you pick? (laugher) You’re going to fib aren’t you? Which one would you eat? – [Priscilla] Pick one Ab! – Which one do you like? (tablet says “Vegetables”) Oh you’re a liar! (laughter) _ [Asa] Said vegetables? (laughter) You’re a liar! I knew you were going to
lie cause you were laughin’. Which one would you pick? You would pick yogurt. Yeah, you just tried to
steal yogurt earlier. You’re such a fibber. (chuckles) – [Priscilla] Vegetables. – It was tomatoes, vegetables, and yogurt. I’m like “She’s totally going to lie.” (laughter) – Hi future Asa. So this vlog really
showcased something awesome that Abbie is achieving
and being successful in. The same day, Isaiah
also extremely successful and achieving and deserving
of a video in itself. And something awesome
happens so I want to share that with you in a separate video. So I’m breaking it up into two. So stay tuned for that one. Bye. (beep) – [Man] Good to have a young man like this making you proud, yeah.

100 thoughts on “She’s Vocalizing – Nonverbal Autistic

  1. I want to see more videos like this , we all can agree she’s the smartest little beauty . She wants to so badly, & it’s perfectly fine if she never does because we can still understand her in her own way Abby speaks clearly lol xo Ab May Jesus bless you with words one day in his time not ours

  2. I work as an early intervention speech therapist, when I’m working on verbal imitation especially with kiddos with ASD I typically focus on bilabials (i.e. m,b,p) and I will typically take the kiddos hand to my mouth so that they feel the sound when I produce the sound which will use tactile cues and then I will see if they will imitate the gesture initially and then work on trying to get the vocalization. It also helps to prolong sounds to help with processing the info a bit. Just a thought, obviously Abbie has been getting speech for a long time and I’m sure you guys have tried a bunch of things 🙂

  3. So I hope you guys respond to this. Cilla, we go way back. I ran into a lady at Publix the other day. She was obviously be older, with a 2-3 year old little fella. He was her grandson. Mom was an addict and had abandoned him. Grandma loved this baby. I referred her to you guys… ABA therapy was one of the only ones she didn't have him in. She asked me what I thought it was helping with. I have a child with sensory issues, but no autism spectrum.

  4. She was trying so
    Hard to say E. 👍🧩💖 I think Abigail will vocalize in the future. She’s so determined and smart! I love watching Abbie with the puppy it’s 😂 funny 👍💖🧩Xoxox’s

  5. You go Abbie! You got this! I can see your trying your best to learn the vocal letters. It can be tough but the more you learn, the better you learnt! Take it easy my dear friend and Asa your doing amazing job sir! You really inspire me sir and I salute you! Thankful to find your channel and learning so much about autism. Like I told ya before, I don’t have any family who’s autism but I wanna be prepare if I come face to face with them so I know how to talk to them and how to interact with them. I see Abbie is a normal girl but she is very unique and very special! She’s a good heart surrounded by love!

  6. Way to go Abbie!! I am so Excited for you. It is absolutely Wonderful to see your accomplishments. You are a hard worker, and a strong Young Lady. I am very Proud of you.

  7. ASA, have yall try having herFEELING your throat sounds with her hand as you make the E sound, and then moving her hand to her throat while you prompt her to make the E sound in the proper key, so she can feel the vibration as the air goes over the voicebox if you youtube perfict pitch E you can hear and recognize the proper sounds.

  8. The conversation that Ms.Brandy and Abbie talking about food made me smile and laugh 😜🤗🥰

  9. It’s great seeing Abbie learn new things and having fun doing it at the same time. She did a great job trying to vocalize too. It would be amazing if she able to learn to say similar le words to communicate with you and Pricilla. I know the first time will make you both cry. That a huge step keep practicing and it will happen Asa. I’m so proud of Abbie to see how she grown in the past few months. She such a sweet and happy girl.

  10. Omg when Summer brought up how she caught Abbie getting the Ice Cream out and she went and got a bowl!!! 😭😂 I love that girl, her and mu six year old are exactly the same! We call my daughter the sugar princess for a reason. She just needs treats! 😂😂.

  11. Thanks, I can't wait to see your ABA video. I am trying to research if it is suitable for my non verbal daughter.

  12. Y’all have hand picked special people to surround your special girl with, it works sooo great for her! Great job family

  13. Abbie says, "I know what you're trying to do, Dad, and I'm not falling for it! Not happening!" Then, when she gets frustrated, she says, "Geesh, give it a rest already, Dad!" I think she likes it when Asa makes those sounds, though, as it's entertaining her. Maybe I'm reading it incorrectly, though, and she's actually trying. I would suggest getting the video off her speech therapist; it'd be an awesome resource for you to have to refer back to! I love seeing Brandy in the videos, even though she's got a job to do, and how she spreads awareness through her work and your videos! I also love how she interacts with Abbie with a patient and positive attitude, giving you guys her full attention, as well as giving you some much-needed advice. I know that it's her job to be patient, kind and supportive, but not everyone who work with other people, in whatever position and field, possesses those traits. There are people who just work for the money and don't give a flying rats about their clients, but Brandy really goes well beyond those expectations! I hope that she's around for years to come and, if she ever decides to move on, she keeps in contact with you.

  14. 0:10 Abbie do what she wants!
    Love your family! Know it shows the world how to be more gentle and patient when life is turbulent and unpredictable, and most of all the world is trying but there are ways love will forever be powerful.
    ✌️ peace

  15. 🥰 she’s focusing so intently when you get her to mimic you. P.S. when will we be able to order the sunglasses again?

  16. Brandy is wonderful. Seems a shame she doesn't work more often than once a week with Abbie as it's clear she gets so much enjoyment from her focused and highly beneficial one on one time with Brandy. Brilliant.

  17. I’m so happy for and proud of your family 🥰 not just specifically about Abbie’s vocalizing, but overall. I look up to you all a lot. sending love from Canada

  18. I’m just wondering… how do you tackle shots? I’ve got an 11 yr old on the spectrum. High functioning. We went in for shots this last week and it took over an hour to give 4 of them. She had a major meltdown that I haven’t seen in years.

  19. She has the most infectious smile!! I am a paramedic, and I recently made a scary ambulance ride not so scary for someone on the spectrum. I owe it all to your videos.

  20. Feel I stopped breathing watching this I was concentrating so bad just hoping little missy would do it. Love this girl so much x

  21. I love you, Abigail! 💜 Was really fun watching her pick stuff using her communication device. She was like in her happy place with Brandi on the couch. 😊

  22. Two years ago I told you it was my dream to work with children like Abby, (Éolie, I changed my name) and finally this year I will be volunteering at a summer camp for autistic children for the first time!

  23. EXCITEDDDD to see what tomorrow brings with Isaiah! 🙂
    Your beyond blessed, wonderful spouse, amazing children, loving friends. Truly Blessed ♡♡

  24. I'm an English teacher and that mimic pattern you guys do it's called total physical response, it's a real methodology. I use it in class. Love your videos, your family and Abby❤️

  25. Gosh you can tell she wants to say it SO bad!!! She’s doing great! Y’all are such an amazing family to always pushing her to come out of her comfort zone but not too pushy. And it’s not just the family but the friends support as well! Y’all are by far my favorite you tubers. It makes my day to watch y’all videos.

  26. Priscilla you looked great in your shorts and love that shirt. So proud of Abby. Y’all are doing a great job and thanks for all the helpful info.

  27. I don’t know but it’s never really struck me that Abby can’t “talk”? It’s not that I’m being funny and am feigning ignorance but it’s just I’ve watched her for so long that I feel like I know she’s “talking”/communicating and understand what she’s trying time say just in her own way/language if that makes sense?

  28. My daughter is autistic and has selective mutism (9yrs). She speaks to me but refuses to speak to anyone else. It is very frustrating when I know how well she speaks but she refuses to even try with other people. I have to secretly video tape her talking to show her speech therapist and paediatrician. Thankyou for sharing your story. From Perth Western Australia 🇦🇺

  29. did anyoby else thibk that when he said "go ahead" it sounded like abs did too ?

    maybe im just thinking this because its the video topic tho

  30. How would Abbie react if you screamed back at her ? I mean would that make her realize how loud she can be and why she needs to do it in her room ?

  31. Loved seeing Brandy practice more conversational communication with Abigail. She seemed to really understand that it wasn’t just requesting food but just talking back and forth about what they like. So cool

  32. She is growing so quickly, and changing so much. It's clear it's all the positive people with love and attention, with dedication that's paving her way. She's blossoming into a pretty, happy, outgoing teenager.I Love her floral flow top. Its suits her so well. It's easy to see she has been trying to further herself. Thank you all so much for sharing. Abbie you are precious:)

  33. How do you get Abbie to stay on the scale? I have a hard time getting my son to stay on the scale so I have to get on with him. And he is getting heavy

  34. Honest question: when Abbie sat down in the road bc she wanted/needed a break, would it be worth while trying to teach her to walk to like the grass and sit? Or is it more teaching her to push through the walk? Genuinely curious.

  35. Abb has made so much progress in the last few months, it’s so amazing to see. Thank y’all for allowing us to witness her growing and learning 🥰👌🏾

  36. Afternoon fabulous fam bam 💥. Just watching my daily dose of The Maas Squad , and cant help but notice Summer watching Asa while tryin to get Abbie to vocalize. Teaching, learning, living they way that’s best for the whole bunch. Thank you for all your positive vibes. Have a great day.

  37. This video was amazing it made me so happy!!! ❤️ I loved being able to watch her concentrating and you could just see in her eyes how hard her brain was working . And the most amazing thing to me is seeing how proud she gets of herself whenever she does something so well. Also her reaction to not wanting to go for a walk at first is exactly how I feel every time I have to exercise 😂

  38. Her eyebrows lifted when she was trying. It's so cool to see it. You can hear it in her voice what she says. I can make it out a lot in these latest videos.

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