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12/13/2013 (1 year ago)

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Little Claire Koch uses signing skill learned from deaf mother-of-two

She's capturing hearts across the world .. Five-year-old Claire Koch is seen in a video using sign language for the benefit of her deaf parents in the audience. The taped kindergarten concert has been widely seen on YouTube, and has gone viral.

Claire Koch's mother and father, both deaf, were stirred to action watching the poor signing of the Mandela deaf interpreter.

Claire Koch's mother and father, both deaf, were stirred to action watching the poor signing of the Mandela deaf interpreter.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/13/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Deaf, signlanguage, Christmas carols, YouTube


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Claire uses finger spelling and signing in order to match the lyrics of such Yuletide favorites such as "Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer" and "Jingle Bells."

Claire's mother Lori, who is hearing impaired, posted the cute to YouTube. It was her response to claims that a sign language interpreter at the Nelson Mandela memorial was a fake.

Claire Loch signs the words to Jingle Bells for her deaf parents.

Claire Loch signs the words to Jingle Bells for her deaf parents.


"My five-year-old signed even better for her deaf parents in an Xmas show," her mother tweeted.

The video quickly went viral and had more than 100,000 hits.

Claire's mother and father, both deaf, were stirred to action watching the poor signing of the Mandela deaf interpreter.

Five-year-old Claire sang and signed to Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer during the kindergarten conce

Five-year-old Claire sang and signed to Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer during the kindergarten concert.


"It became obvious he was making things up. He was repeating the same hand movements so it was obvious he was a fake," Mrs. Koch told reporters.

Claire's father agreed. "It was just totally deflating for deaf people, like saying deaf people are not important. This is a famous man who did so much for many people."

Claire signs the lyrics to Santa is his name-O.

Claire signs the lyrics to Santa is his name-O.


As seen in the video, there are other children doing hand actions for the songs. Claire stood out from the crowd as she used American Sign Language.

"I, myself, haven't been able to stop watching the video,' Mrs Koch said.

Claire, seen here during a rendition of "I Have a Little Driedel," was praised for her American Sign

Claire, seen here during a rendition of "I Have a Little Driedel," was praised for her American Sign Language abilities.


A mother-of-two, Mrs. Koch was born profoundly deaf, wasn't taught American Sign Language until she was about 10 so her little girl is well on the way to being a top signer.



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