Young Gabriel started learning to sign when he was just four months old and now, at four, he signs movies and TV shows for his parents who are both completely deaf.
As Abigail Britton and her partner Conor watched TV just before Christmas, Abigail made a video of Gabriel spontaneously starting to interpret the film for them. She posted the video on December 22 and people loved Gabriel and the video has gone viral.
Abigail told Metro:
‘’He first started to learn to sign with baby sign, saying things such as milk, bath and nappy. He has picked up more and more sign language over time and he has become very natural.
‘’We felt that it’s important to teach him so he can communicate with us without any frustration or communication barrier. As both parents faced a lot of barriers growing up, we want him to be able to use both languages. He’s a CODA (child of deaf adults) and his bilingualism are fantastic.
‘’Gabriel has naturally learned sign language throughout his life, with Abigail teaching him words as he needs them. ‘I teach him by speaking as I sign so he picks it up. For example, I would sign milk before giving it to him. He’s a fantastic fast learner. He signed before he spoke,’’ she explained.
Although it’s an advantage having a sign interpreter at home for TV shows, Gabriel’s abilities has improved family life immensely.
Abigail continued, ‘’We have an absolutely fantastic bond between us. He makes sure to make me aware that there somebody at door. He loves to help me if there is an announcement stating that a shop is closing or that the tram is ready to leave.
‘’He is able to bond with children who have learning difficulties or other disabilities very well as he be able to gesture and relate to them very much because his parents are deaf.’’
Abigail is very proud of Gabriel who is now also helping his 19 month-old sister to speak and sign.
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