Toddler With Down Syndrome Learns His First Words From Singing With His Sister
The sweet video has been liked by more than 1 million people and shared more than 800,000 times.
Music can be a powerful thing. The Gray family recently learned this firsthand when their two children bonded over singing.
Bo Gray, 2, has Down syndrome. He was also born with several heart and lung conditions, and has already been through numerous treatments throughout his young life.
His parents say that music therapy has been the key to improving his vocabulary.
On January 15, Bo’s mom, Amanda Bowman Gray, posted a video to Facebook of Bo singing “You Are My Sunshine” along with his 11-year-old sister, Lydia, who is also playing the guitar.
The sweet video has since gone viral and has been liked by more than 1 million people and shared more than 800,000 times.
Check it out:
“My daughter Lydia was watching Bo while I was in the shower. Came out to this. If she didn’t have a guitar I don’t know if she would know how to babysit him. This is her go to. It’s proof that music therapy works. Bo is 25 months old and has a 12 word vocabulary. Every word he has learned has been through music and singing,” Bowman Gray wrote.
Months In The Hospital, Bo Wants To Listen To Music
“You Are My Sunshine” has been a special song for Bo ever since he underwent heart surgery in April 2016.
“After weeks and weeks (which ended up in months) of being in the hospital in a silent room of the CICU (Cardiac Intensive Care Unit) we got special permission to bring a guitar in and sing to him in hopes that it would comfort him,” Bowman Gray explained on Facebook.
Doctors told Bo’s family that he probably wouldn’t speak until he was 3 years old, but he proved everyone wrong when he said “happy,” his first word after his sister sang it in “You Are My Sunshine.”
“We feel like he’s defying the odds,” Bowman Gray told ABC News. “Thanks to Lydia and her determination, she pushed forward with music therapy. … We’re so proud of our kids.”
Male Model Arranges Photo Shoot For Sister
Model Chris Garafola is the type of sibling who goes above and beyond. He wanted to show his older sister, Brittany, who has Down syndrome, how much she means to him by setting her up with the ultimate birthday gift: a surprise photo shoot.
Brittany’s dream has always been to be a model like her brother, so Chris made sure to arrange the ultimate photo shoot experience to make her feel as glamorous as possible.
I am so, incredibly grateful, for all of the amazingly talented people who offered their time and services, to make my sister Brittany's birthday, one she'll never forget. Brittany has always wanted to do everything her little brother did. If I go to prom, she wants to go to prom, if I go to college she wants to go to college. Over the years, I always showed her my work and she’s like, “That’s cool! I want to model!” She kept asking and asking. As you guys who follow my journey know, Brittany and I would do Instagram videos together documenting our every day lives as siblings. She started saying, “I want to go to Hollywood! I want a limo!” I was like, “Where are you getting all this stuff from? You don’t want to go to Hollywood, you have the best life in the world.” But she kept going back to the modeling thing so I decided to surprise her for her birthday and make that wish come true and have her model for the day. The priority was to make her day and show her she can do anything that her brother can do and she should be allowed to. My sister’s the most beautiful person in the world. On a greater scale, I wanted to show the world what true beauty is. I wanted to encourage people to live life happy, be strong and confident, and to spread positive energy with the world. There is a lot of hurt and anger in our world, but there will always be more love and light. Brittany, your brother loves you more than you know. I hope you had the best day — you looked stunning. Maybe one of these days, you and your little brother will model a big campaign together as #TeamGarafola. Regardless, you'll always be a supermodel and you will always, be my hero. **BIG THANKS TO OUR AMAZING CREW!!** 👇🏼 @hive.studio @cassablanca_kid @austinhuck @jpietroski @itsclaireroche @chrisvalites @sashagreenhalgh @michael0bueno @hlm1230 @bearwalkcinema @veevisuals @tayglo @kaciecorbelle @ennisinc @maggieagency @thetrustees @wholefoods @starmarkets @traderjoes @b_p_r @boston_photo_rental @changingthefaceofbeauty #changingthefaceofbeauty #fashion #editorial #Supermodel #todayshow #ellendegeneres #dailyinspiration #downsyndromeawareness #lovematters #love #Gap #IMGModels #wlyg #calvinklein
He hired people to do her hair and makeup, set up a camera crew and even got his mom involved.
He filmed the whole thing and posted the behind-the-scenes footage on YouTube.
The two can be seen posing together with flowers, and Brittany most definitely shines as a model.
“I wanted to show the world what true beauty is,” he wrote on Instagram. “I wanted to encourage people to live life happy, be strong and confident and to spread positive energy with the world.”
Here they are on another day, acting like any other brother-sister duo
The sky's the limit for people who put good energy and love out into the world — never forget that. With that said, no matter how much light you shine, every day the world will challenge you with negativity and ingratitude, but you need to remain true to your path and continue to give simply for the joy of giving, without expecting anything in return. My sister Brittany is the epitome of love and is a perfect example of this. Unfortunately, gratitude isn't natural, it's a cultivated trait that must be taught or learned — not everyone has been so lucky. If we want to find happiness, let's stop thinking about gratitude or ingratitude and give for the simple joy of giving. As the late, great Dale Carnegie once wrote, "Instead of worrying about ingratitude, simply expect it." Of course, it's not easy, but sharing your light regardless of what you get in return is so important — and this world really needs more of it. Be humble, stay grateful, make people a priority, not things, and you'll be amazed at the blessings that start pouring into your life, and for that matter, everyone else's around you. #TeamGarafola
“No matter how much light you shine, every day the world will challenge you with negativity and ingratitude, but you need to remain true to your path and continue to give simply for the joy of giving, without expecting anything in return. My sister Brittany is the epitome of love and is a perfect example of this,” Chris wrote on the post.
Watch this adorable video with Chris and Brittany on the special day: