Learning the alphabet can be a challenging task for any youngster, so Pamela Sapp was particularly proud when her two-year-old grandson was able to recite his ABCs in January. The doting grandmother from Alabama posted a video of John David, who has Downs syndrome, repeating the alphabet on Facebook and it quickly went viral as the youngster melted hearts with his efforts.
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"Best ABCs I ever heard! Wait for the W," Pam captioned the Facebook video.
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John David learned to recite his ABCs in January
In just over two weeks the clip has already been viewed close to 16 million times, and been shared by almost 350,000 Facebook users who were touched by John David's progress in learning his ABCs.
The two-year-old perfects almost every letter in the cute clip, but is momentarily stumped by the letter 'W', before continuing to excitedly complete the alphabet with a big smile on his face.
Pamela said she recorded the exchange when she visited her grandson in January, turning the camera around so he could watch himself on her phone as they practiced the alphabet.
The sweet clip has been viewed over 15 million times
"He just loves watching himself. But I think what really has resonated with everyone is just the joy that he expresses, and the hope that comes with it," Pamela told TODAY. "You see how happy he is when he gets to the end, and how pleased he is knowing he could do it."
Meanwhile John David's mother, Hannah Sapp Marlin, said she has been touched by the amount of support she has received after the video went viral.
"I hope this provides encouragement to any mother out there that may find their child has any kind of delays. There's hope and there's also help. Early intervention has played a big role in achieving his milestones."