Child surprises deaf parents by signing school holiday concert

A Tampa Bay, Fla., kindergartner who didn’t want her deaf parents to miss out at her school’s holiday concert surprised her parents by signing the songs using American Sign Language instead of doing the generic hand motions.

Claire Koch, 5, was born to two deaf parents. Her first language was ASL, according to BuzzFeed.

A video posted on YouTube by Lori Koch, Claire’s mother, shows Claire enthusiastically signing “Santa is His Name-O,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “I Have a Little Dreidel.”

“I, myself, haven’t been able to stop watching the video!” Lori told BuzzFeed.

The video has been viewed more than half a million times since Wednesday. Some commenters expressed that it was a nice change after accusations that the interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday was a fake.

The man has since told the Associated Press that he suffers from schizophrenia and was hallucinating during the service.

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