Marsha Peterson is the single mother of a child with both Down’s Syndrome and Autism. As a result of his disability, her son has a great deal of difficulty expressing himself verbally, but learned sign language as a baby and is able to use it to express his needs, wants and feelings.
When her son, who is now 18, was a young child, she had tried to find story books “written in his language” but was unsuccessful. The first book in what she hopes will be an entire series of storybooks teaching sign language came out last year. Come Sign with Us: The Adventures of Potts and Friends teaches babies, young children and caregivers signs associated with breakfast and bath time through storytelling. Future books will teach the signs for zoo animals and colors. Marsha and Chad Peterson live in the Twin Cities.