Si­b­ling sing­ing helps to bring Christ­mas spirit

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

EN­JOY­ING Christ­mas songs is some­thing most of us take for granted.

But for three-year-old Chris­tian, who suf­fers from cere­bral palsy and is also vis­ually im­paired, it makes Christ­mas even more spe­cial.

With the help of his sis­ter Jade Kil­duff, Chris­tian has been able to fol­low his favourite Christ­mas classics.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is dif­fi­cult for Chris­tian, so Jade has been us­ing sign lan­guage so he can un­der­stand the lyrics to fes­tive tracks.

The look of sheer joy on Chris­tian’s face shows just how much he loves be­ing a part of the

Christ­mas spirit.

“It is amaz­ing, he loves it,” said Jade, 18, from Hey­wood.

It is part of a wider cam­paign Jade has launched to in­crease the use of sign lan­guage for peo­ple who need it, just like Chris­tian.

To speak to Jade and the rest of his fam­ily, Chris­tian uses Maka­ton, a form of sign lan­guage for chil­dren which is used across the globe.

Jade has set up an on­line chan­nel where she teaches peo­ple how to sign dif­fer­ent words.

Jade started a pe­ti­tion call­ing on the gov­ern­ment to make teach­ing ba­sic sign­ing, such as Maka­ton, com­pul­sory in all schools.

Jade Kil­duff sings with her brother Chris­tian

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