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Four-Year-Old Boy Uses Sign Language To Interpret A Film For His Deaf Parents

by : Cameron Frew on : 25 Dec 2019 11:53
Young Boy Interpreting TV For Deaf Parents ThumbnailYoung Boy Interpreting TV For Deaf Parents ThumbnailAbigail Britton/Facebook

At just four years old, Gabriel Toseland is able to use sign language to interpret full TV shows and movies for his deaf parents. 

He began learning when he was just four months old – now, he’s able to sign through movies and shows for his mum Abigail Britton and partner Conor, who are both completely deaf.

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As the family sat next to the Christmas tree in their home in Cheshire, Abigail caught the amazing moment that Gabriel interprets the film on the TV on camera – and the internet loves him.

Check out the brilliant clip below: 

My little interpreter 😂

Posted by Abigail Britton on Sunday, December 22, 2019

As a helicopter arrives into the scene on the television, Gabriel leaps up ‘out of the blue’ and begins interpreting – since being posted on Sunday, December 22, the video has been viewed tens of thousands of times.

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The 26-year-old mum 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.

Young Boy Interpreting TV For Deaf ParentsYoung Boy Interpreting TV For Deaf ParentsAbigail Britton/Facebook

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.

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However, it’s not just the added advantage of having someone there to interpret TV shows and movies – Gabriel’s sign language abilities have improved family life.

Young Boy Interpreting TV For Deaf Parents 2Young Boy Interpreting TV For Deaf Parents 2Abigail Britton/Facebook

Abigail added: 

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 us 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.

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Gabriel is also helping to teach Abigail’s daughter – who is just 19 months old – to speak and sign too.

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Cameron Frew

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an NCTJ and BJTC-accredited Multimedia Journalism degree, Cameron ventured into the world of print journalism at The National, while also working as a freelance film journalist on the side, becoming an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic in the process. He's now left his Scottish homelands and taken up residence at UNILAD as a journalist.

Topics: Life, children, family

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    Four-year-old interprets TV shows into sign language for his parents who are both deaf

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