Raising a child with Down syndrome has its unique joys and challenges. However, with proper support, encouragement and opportunity, children with this genetic condition have proven to excel in many areas of life, such as learning.
Children with Down syndrome suffer from delayed speech abilities, physical growth delays, and mild to moderate intellectual disability. No matter the condition, the one thing about kids is that they always amaze you—in more ways than you could imagine.
Maureen Lawson is a special education teacher at Westwood Elementary School in Stillwater, Oklahoma. She recently shared a video of two of her students with Down syndrome. The video has since garnered nearly 5 million views on Facebook.
Mrs. Lawson just looked over and saw these two friends spontaneously were having a Valentine’s Day dance! If this doesn’t make your whole day I don’t know what will!!!
由 Westwood Elementary School 发布于 2019年2月14日周四
The two kids in the video, Sophie, 10, and Graham, 8, were seen celebrating the spirit of Valentine’s Day by dancing together. The fact that it was totally spontaneous, with no music playing in the background, made it all the more stunning.
“I am not sure what prompted this dance,” Lawson told GMA. “Our classroom was very busy at the time, but they just decided to dance, with no music and no talking.”
“I turned around and they were just slow dancing and there was no music,” Lawson told InsideEdition.com. “I had never seen them dance before. They were just doing something sweet and fun. They are just best friends.”
Sophie and Graham have been drawn towards each other ever since they met at the start of the school year. Though teacher Lawson knew that they got along with each other very well, she was taken aback when she saw the two dancing together.
“Sophie is new this year, and she and Graham just hit it off really well,” Lawson said. “Sometimes friendships for children living with cognitive abilities is a hard thing.”
When Lawson saw the sweethearts swaying about, she couldn’t help but grab her phone and record the lovely moment. And once the video was shared on the school’s Facebook page, netizens simply couldn’t get enough of it.
One user wrote: “Love this!! The world can learn so much from these special humans. They possess what the world is missing. What a wonderful world this would be if we all would live as they do!! don’t for a minute think that god hasn’t placed them here for a reason!”
“This is so beautiful on so many levels!! If we all could regain the innocence of a child, the world would be so much better!” another chimed.
Graham shared to his classmates this morning about his valentine's dancing video going viral! The kids loved hearing…
“The response to the video has been incredible,” Westwood Principal Darren Nelson told PEOPLE. “The video is so touching that you cannot help but smile. It has been wonderful.”
“We are all a little surprised by how many times this video has been shared,” Lawson said. “But with all the ugliness that happens in our world, I think people just want to see something happy and beautiful.”
Deep inside, Sophie and Graham know that the bond they share is a unique one. And the fact that they pulled off some adorable moves on Valentine’s Day makes it all the more special.
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