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Evie, 5, signposts the way to help her Weir mum
4:54pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
A GIRL from Weir has become one of the youngest people in the country to pass a British Sign Language (BSL) test.
Evie Gavin, five, has now been shortlisted for a national award after she completed the first unit of the Signature level one award.
The Northern Primary School pupil was nominated by leading deafness charity Signature.
Evie, whose mum Ayesha is deaf, signed her first word when she was just 10 weeks old.
Ayesha said: “We’re so proud of Evie. She’s so very happy that she has passed. This is a fantastic achievement.
“Her deaf awareness is also very good and she is a great help to me when we are out of the house. She’s also a very inquisitive girl and is often asking what I will be teaching in my classes so she can try it herself.”
“There is really no difference between Evie and a child who is growing up in a bilingual home. BSL is a hugely expressive and creative language.
“The only difference is that BSL is tactile and visual, rather than auditory.
“Evie worked hard to pass her first assessment, and her family are so incredibly proud that she has passed it at such a young age.Evie was presented with her first Signature certificate by her headteacher, at a special assembly in front of the school.”
Evie is now the youngest nominee in the history of the Signature Annual Awards.
Jim Edwards, who is Signature’s chief executive, said: “It’s brilliant to see young children learning BSL.
“It was a great moment for Evie and for Signature when she passed her first assessment.
“And Evie is a great role model for children across the country.
“It’s always encouraging when children take up BSL, to create an open society and improved communication between deaf and hearing people.”
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