Toddler With Down Syndrome Reaches an Adorable Milestone on Video

A video of a sweet little boy with Down syndrome reciting the alphabet is going viral.

Pam Gables Sapp, of Helena, Alabama, shared the video of her grandson, John David, 2, on Facebook on January 24. Since then, it has racked up more than 12 million views and been shared more than 288,000 times.

In the video, the toddler goes through the alphabet repeating each letter clearly after it is said to him.

Best ABC’s I ever heard! Wait for the W ???The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs

Posted by Pam Gables Sapp on Sunday, January 24, 2016


John David’s mother, Hannah Marlin, 23, has been taking her son to early intervention and speech programs since he was 6 months old to help him achieve his learning goals, she told ABC News.

Marlin and her son have been working together on the Alphabet song for weeks, but on January 24 was the first time she and her mother, Sapp, heard him do it so clearly.

It’s definitely something that could give you hope,” Marlin told the outlet. “On the parents’ part, just know to keep persevering and don’t give up. They’ll reach their milestones when they’re ready.”

This was quite the accomplishment for John David, who can say single words but doesn’t speak in full sentences yet, people reported. Marlin says people from all over the country have been reaching out to her to thank her for the video, and even told her they’re using it to help teach their own children the ABC’s.




Find this story helpful? Share it with someone you care about.

Related to Down Syndrome

Madeline Stuart, Model With Down Syndrome, to Return to New York Fashion Week

Madeline Stuart, the world’s most famous model with Down syndrome, will be returning to New York Fashion Week (NYFW). Must Be April Photography. The 18-year-old model from Australia will once again grace the runway where she made headlines last year. On Monday, February 15 at the Angel Orsensaz Foundation in Manhattan, Stuart will again walk for [...]

Why I Don’t Need You to Like My Daughters With Down Syndrome

I’m going to try to be brief and to the point. This is not a post by a medical professional or an expert; this is simply a post by a mom. I am a new mother, though our daughters are our fifth and sixth children, and they are both 6 years old. We adopted our girls in [...]

Both Parents Speak Out a Year After Dad 'Chose' Son With Down Syndrome Over Wife

A year ago Samuel Forrest’s life abruptly changed forever. In the span of just a few days he gained a son, began divorce proceedings with his wife and found himself the focus of a lot of media attention. Now, a year later, Forrest and his wife have reconciled. Leo Forrest was born with Down syndrome [...]

This Businessman With Down Syndrome Is Making History in His Town

Blake Pyron is making history in his small town of Sanger, Texas. At just 19 years old, he is the youngest person in the town to run his own business. // Posted by Blake’s Snow Shack on Tuesday, December 15, 2015   Pyron, who has Down syndrome, is the president of “Blake’s Snow Shack,” a snow [...]