One other thing (though you may have tried this) is that kids this age like to be "bossy" so if you can set up situations where she has to "boss" you or mom around with words that might help. For example with the bubbles I will say "Look I'll blow them UP" a whole bunch of times. Then after a while I might ask "Should they go UP?" Maybe I'd show up and down then give a choice. "Where should they go, UP or DOWN?" You can also do this with a ball. Or if you have some type of push / riding toy (or laundry basket), push her in it a few times without her having to ask, then after awhile she has to say or sign "go" to be pushed. You and mom could swing her in a blanket and try a similar thing. Again, she gets the first few for "free" when you model the request target word or sign, then eventually she has to use the word or sign to do the fun activity. Giving directions, as opposed to naming a thing, is more motivating for some of the kids.
Don't know if anything like that would help. Some kids require a ton of patience to get them to the point where they'll do anything and if parents aren't on board with the waiting you feel pretty useless. I know how that goes!!
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