This Video of a Special-Needs Kid Reciting the ABCs Enthusiastically Is Making Waves Online


This video of a boy with Down syndrome is winning over the Internet. In the clip, two-year-old John David Marlin recites the whole alphabet despite having speech delays due to his condition. The video had been shared over social networking site Facebook and has garnered over 13 million views.

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The video was shared by John David’s grandmother Pam Sapp. His mother Hannah dictates letters while the toddler quickly follows suit. Although he struggles with some letters, his skills are more than impressive. John David has also been trained with learning since he was six months old, with his mother backing him up every step of the way.

“Within the last year, he’s been starting to say a few words like ‘mama and dada,’ but for him to articulate each letter, that was was amazing to me,” Grandma Pam told ABC news proudly.


John David is beyond adorable when he repeats the dictated letter. He stops particularly at the letter W but quickly gets the hang of it a little while later. The mother and son proudly share his feat by the end of the video and John David is applauded for the good job.


“He was cracking all of us up,” Hannah said, sharing in her mother’s shock that her son is now a viral superstar. “I’m so proud of him and the fact that he’s able to bring awareness to Down syndrome. It’s definitely something that could give you hope.”  In the end, the family is just happy to share in the milestone achievement.

“He has met such a milestone and it’s just amazing to watch. There’s so much more that we don’t know that he can do. John David has been such a joy to our lives,” Pam shared.

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