For three years she had not uttered a word, communicating only through pictures.


Autism affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys, according to Autism Speaks. It's one of the fastest growing development disorders in the U.S. and continues to affect thousands of children on a daily basis. There is no cure.

Not everyone with autism will experience the same symptoms or struggles. Some individuals with autism are extremely high functioning while others may have difficulties with speech and motor coordination. Every child is unique.

This young girl had a very unique case and is continuing to defy odds every day.



Her speech eventually faded away, and shortly after, she stopped making eye contact and responding to her name.

"We tried a speech therapist but the last two years have been horrendous.

"You could tell [how] angry she was becoming with herself.” Coco's family began an online fundraising campaign to help pay for her speech therapy sessions.



The campaign has raised over 20,000 euros to date.

One speech therapy session for Coco costs 50 euros. With these sessions, the family's efforts and everyone's generous donations eventually paid off.



After three years of silence, Coco spoke her first words.

"I want more toast please," were her exact words. Her family was overjoyed.

"She just kept saying it, and we were just like, ‘Oh my god,’" said Rachel.

"She looked so pleased with herself and was jumping up and down and just kept saying, ‘I want more toast.'


"You are not supposed to show how excited you get as kids link power with that word, but we just couldn’t control it," said Rachel. "We were clapping and cheering.”



'Like most kids with autism 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.'

Coco was saying two-word sentences when she stopped talking altogether at two. Like many children with autism, she has struggled to communicate with people

Like many children with autism, Coco's language skills were delayed and she struggled to communicate.

According to the National Autistic Society, typical signs are a lack of social instinct, an interest in things rather than people, difficulties with language, and finding comfort in routine and repetitiveness.

People with autism tend to have all these symptoms, though to differing degrees.

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