Video of Toddler with Down Syndrome Reciting ABCs will Melt Your Heart


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Source: AL/Hannah Marlin

Source: AL/Hannah Marlin

From the world of everything cute and heart-warming comes this adorable video of a young boy with Down Syndrome reciting his ABCs.

The video was posted to social media on January 24 by the toddler’s grandmother and instantly went viral, garnering over 10 million views. Pam Sapp, the grandmother, captioned the video, “Best ABC’s I ever heard! Wait for the W.”


John David, the toddler, is almost three years old and is the son of Cameron and Hannah Marlin.

The video shows John David repeating each letter of the alphabet after it’s said to him. He visibly gets more and more excited after each iteration. The real kicker though, is when he approaches the letter “W.” At first, he doesn’t know what to make of such an odd-sounding letter. His eyes grow wide and he looks around the room before taking a shot in the dark and spitting it out as best he can. John David laughs and claps at the accomplishment and each letter after that seems easy as pie.

The Marlin family is equally impressed with all the attention they’ve received regarding the video. In an interview with, Sapp said she thinks “his joy and excitement are what resonate with people,” the website wrote.

“He is a child with Down Syndrome that some people might personify as being delayed or someone to feel sorry for,” she said in the interview. “But yet (in the video) you’re seeing him as a typical child with such joy. By the time he gets to the end with the W, you can tell he’s thinking ‘I’ve got this, I can do it.'”

Marlin also told that they believe there is a “higher purpose” for why the video became so popular.

“I do believe that the Lord is definitely using John David and this video to help be encouragement to other mothers of children with not just Down Syndrome but any special need, to not be discouraged but to have hope.”

The family said John David is a happy boy who likes dancing, being around people, and watching videos of himself.

Clearly, the world likes watching videos of John David too. Check out the amazing video below.

Best ABC’s I ever heard! Wait for the W The Bell Center for Early Intervention ProgramsJukin Media Verified (Original)* For licensing / permission to use: Contact – licensing(at)jukinmediadotcom

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


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