(acoustic music) – [David] Before I start this next video, I wanted to get Rob’s
name on the school bus. We put our top-tier Patreons
on our bus just to show our gratitude to you guys, whether you guys continue support, just, it just means so much to us, just one of our ways of saying thank you. We have a couple more
name that are going to be going up on the bus soon, and if you want to be on the bus, I do have the Patreon link down below. We’ll never say it’s required to support us to view our videos to learn about autism,
to spread awareness. That’s just to help us
do what we do better. Even for the people that
are not our Patreons, thank you so much for watching us, hashtag WeFam, you guys are awesome. Let’s go now. It’s such a nice day outside today. Oh, before we get going, I’m gonna put you guys up top. (cheerful music) – [Drive-Thru Employee]
What can I get for you? – [David] Hi, can I get a large latte? (cheerful music) – Made it to the UPS store, I gotta ship out a damaged
item that I got from Amazon and then, I’m going to ship out a couple of key fobs that we sold. Thank you guys. Nothing like spreading awareness. Speaking of spreading awareness, I don’t know if you guys noticed, I just noticed, I’m wearing all Fathering Autism stuff today. Why? Because it’s awesome stuff, because it’s good stuff. Oof, made it back. All right, about to go get Braylee, and today is our last day of
horseback riding this year. We really need to get a horse. And for the rest of, for this video, throughout the video, I want to talk about something that is a frequently asked question. We usually we get this
question quite a bit, and I figured, we’ll just
make a video about it. And this video is going to be about (imitating dramatic music) Signs of autism. I ran into a ton of video of little video clips
that we took of Braylee. The video quality is not the best, but I’m gonna show you, use video examples of what we saw early on, with Braylee, and we’ll talk about her current signs, and, yeah. Autism, let’s talk about it. We’ll se Braylee’s
excitement when she gets here but first, I want to talk about one of the early, early signs of that we saw with Braylee that pointed to her autism
that was hand flapping. She did a lot of hand flapping. So, I’ve seen kids without
autism hand flapping before out of excitement. For Braylee, it was very frequent. Some of the time, it wasn’t
even out of excitement. It just looked like she
enjoyed the feeling of it, I would say. It’s hard to explain. Another early sign that we saw, she did have some head
banging that she did. It did start probably when she was right around three years old. Head banging as in she would
sit in a stationary position and rock her head back and fourth more than you would see
a typical person do. So that was one of the signs as well. And now, here comes Braylee! (laughing) – [David] Come on up! (laughing) – Look, look. Say “cheese!” – Cheese! – [Stacey] Cheese! (humming) – Is that pretty funny? Look, look! (humming) – [Stacey] All right, camera woman. – You’re a camera girl now? Are you a camera girl? It’s a big smile, wait for mum. – [Stacey] Wait for me? Go ahead, go ahead.
– Ready? Ready? Bailey did such an awesome job. Good job, B. You even made some awesome
faces to the camera. It’s like your favorite thing to do. Hey! Shoes! Shoes! (laughs) Hey, come back here! – [Stacey] She just tossed them down? – [David] No, she kicked them off, like,
(laughs) she didn’t even look backwards,
she just kicked them off. Hey, put that shoe down here.
– [Stacey] You’re so funny. – [David] Whoa! –
[Stacey] Oh, you’re funny. – [Stacey] Whoa! – [David] Braylee, guess what we’re doing. We’re horseback riding! Horse! Horse! Horse! Hey, can you say “horseback riding” say horse back, back, horse.
(meows) – [David] Meow? So another early sign is delayed communication. Braylee never really developed
receptive language or any type of verbal communication or even, we tried signs early on, we’ve tried a lot of different things but, receptive skills for communicating actually developed around the age of five. And then her her communicating with us, like getting what she wants and needs her only communication
up till that point also was like grabbing our hands and guiding us to where she wanted to be. – [Stacey] Which it still primarily is. – Yeah. But she is, she’s slowly getting some new some new skills, I would say. So, yeah, one of the early signs is there is no communication skills and she was well, every evaluation that we went to, we were told that she was
delayed with communication. And now, it’s time to go horseback ride! Grandma Pam’s coming with. – [Stacey] Grandma Pam in the hizzie. (laughs)
– [David] Grandma Pam’s with to watch Braylee
– Hi, sweetie! – On the horseback riding. – Hi, sweetheart. (cheerful music) – Reaching up with your right hand side! Come on Braylee, reaching up Braylee! Atta girl, you were fine! – [Stacey] Say bye to grandma. – [Grandma] Bye, sweetheart. – [David] Say bye. – [Stacey] Bye, grandma! – [Grandma] Tell me bye! I love you, bye. A sign of autism that we
saw, probably early on was lack of eye contact and this happened from day one but we didn’t realize really
what it was until later on, what it meant but she never acknowledged like human beings as human beings. They’re more like objects. – [Stacey] They’re more like tools. – Like tools for her to get what she – [Stacey] She used people as tools. – To get what she needed. Enjoyment through us – [Stacey] It wasn’t a shared enjoyment – It wasn’t shared, and
it was through objects or it was through like, a tablet or she was laughing at the toy not our face, that type of thing. And that’s something that
we didn’t notice right away but it became more and more apparent as time went on. – Yeah
(TV playing in the background) (cooing) – Braylee. (sneezes) – [Stacey] Bless you. (cooing) – Ow. – [Stacey] She’s trying to climb you. – Ow! (laughing) – [Stacey] Buzz! Ready? Buzz! (laughing) Buzz! (laughing) I see a cow. Moo! (laughing) Moo!
(laughing) Moo! I see a lion. Rawr! (laughing) Rawr! I see a pig. (oinks) You like a bee, huh? I see a bee! (laughing) Buzz!
(laughing) Buzz! Buzz!
(laughing) Buzz! Buzz! (laughing) And a cow, Moo! (laughing) Moo! Moo! In the shared enjoyment, she
never did the thing where a kid brings you something that they want you to
play with them, you know? – She never wanted to share – Or watch our reaction when she was being silly or something. – Yeah, she never–
– She never did anything for our reactions. – She never sought attention. – She’s never attention-seeking. – But think she might be sometimes now. Like, what I’ve noticed
when she’s like swimming or doing some sort of activity, she’ll look for us. She’ll look over at us and I think it’s her saying checking to see if we’re watching her, which is attention-seeking.
– Not only that, but just with general situations when she laughs, sometimes she
looks for use to laugh at her like “did you see me, I’m being funny?” – Yes, and she loves to laugh. – She loves when we
laugh at her, with her. – Sometimes, when we’re just
laughing about something, then she joins in
– She’ll start laughing. – So, that’s something that’s like a social thing that we’ve
been working on for years. Part of that is just going into her world, like doing the things she loves to do and then she starts paying
attention to what we’re doing. That is another one and now, we’re going to eat some food and I gotta work. – Boo. – Boo. (cheerful music) – [David] You got a package
in the mail for Braylee! – [Stacey] What’s in there?
– [David] What could it be? – [Stacey] Aw! Dear sweet Braylee, you are
truly such an amazing girl I saw this and thought of you sent with love from your friend Tracy and Bella. Tracy said she didn’t know
if she had this already, she does not. – [David] She does not. Braylee, you just went horseback riding, and now you have a horse! – [Stacey] A horse! Look at her pretty hair! Look, she has a saddle, and a brush. Oh, that’s so cute! – I think this came as a great time because we just went horseback riding, so it’s fresh in her mind, and she saw it and she’s like “yup”, that’s a horse. Woo, that is a bright sunset. A very bright sunset. But anyways, another sign of autism that we see in Braylee is her vocal stimming. It started off with not singing, ended up with singing very quickly and also, she did have some
yelling-type stims for a while. (yelling) – [Stacey] Screaming. – And screaming-type, like really high-pitched screams. – [Stacey] Braylee
(high-pitched scream) What is this? – Not angry or sad or anything. – [Stacey] She was happy. – She would just, yeah you would just hear really
high-pitched screaming, like that lasted for
probably about a year. Third one is lining up objects, obsessive tendencies like OCD-type things. (singing) – [David] P. K. (cooing) T. There was times were she would I would have to leave
the house every morning the same exact way. If I didn’t, she would end up having a meltdown. She would play with objects in pairs, like if she only had one of something that she know there was a pair of, there was no way that she
would start playing with it before she had the second object. And so, those are a few
more signs of autism that we saw in Braylee
that we’ve seen in Braylee. Coffee, coffee, coffee, work, work! I gotta find a place to hang that. That is awesome (camera beeps) (cooing) (imitating machine sounds) (laughing) Pew! (imitating machine sounds) (laughs) Pew!
(laughs) (imitating machine sounds) (cooing) (singing) – [Stacey] Climb up, Braylee. (cooing) (cheerful music)