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Sign language helps YMCA day care children communicate, connect

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WILLMAR -- At 15 months, Alyssa Peterson is rapidly building up a vocabulary.

She can say "milk," "more," "please" and "all done" -- all in sign language.

It has gone a long way toward helping her parents, Heather and Micah Peterson, understand her needs and wants.

"I had no idea that it would be that successful a communication tool," said Heather Peterson. "It cuts down on a lot of the frustration."

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