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Four-Year-Old Boy Signs TV Shows For His Parents Who Are Deaf

Four-Year-Old Boy Signs TV Shows For His Parents Who Are Deaf

At just four years old, this little LAD is already signing entire TV shows for his parents, who are both deaf:

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Gabriel Toseland, who has been signing since he was four months old, was filmed sitting at the side of the living room TV, listening and relaying what was happening to his mum and dad.

Gabriel's mum Abigail Britton filmed her little boy as she sat alongside her partner Conor. They both use British Sign Language and felt it was important for Gabriel to also learn it despite being able to hear.

Speaking to the Metro, 26-year-old Abigail said: "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.

"We want him to be able to use both languages. He's a CODA [child of deaf adults] and his bilingualism is fantastic."

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Adorable Gabriel. Credit: Facebook/Abigail Britton
Adorable Gabriel. Credit: Facebook/Abigail Britton

Abigail says she has been teaching Gabriel sign language as he's grown older, adding: "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.

"We have an absolutely fantastic bond between us. He makes sure to make me aware that there is 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 teaching my daughter, who is 19 months old, how to speak and sign as well - seeing him do all those things makes me so proud.

"He is able to bond with children who have learning difficulties or other disabilities very well as he is able to gesture and relate to them very much because his parents are deaf."

Proud Abigail and her son Gabriel. Credit: Facebook/Abigail Britton
Proud Abigail and her son Gabriel. Credit: Facebook/Abigail Britton

After Abigail uploaded the video on to Facebook, one person replied: "How beautiful you must be so proud," while another added: "Incredible, so lucky to have wonderful supportive children and family."

A third wrote: "Oh my heart! What an incredible little man! You must be one proud mama!" Someone else commented: "This is so beautiful. I'd be bursting with pride if he were my son. Bless him."

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Abigail Britton

Topics: deaf, Inspirational, Community

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]

 

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