From Our Nashville Playhouse : Sylvie’s Story

From Our Nashville Playhouse : Sylvie’s Story

 

GiGi’s Playhouse offers 30+ FREE Educational and Therapeutic programs advancing literacy, math, motor skills, speech, nutrition, fitness, career skills and more.

One of the most successful programs at GiGi’s Playhouses across the nation is Language Music N’ Our Peeps (LMNOP). LMNOP guides parents and infants through learning basic sign language and through incorporating music and dance therapy into daily activities to stimulate the child.

From GiGi’s Nashville Playhouse, here’s Sylvie’s story…

“I wanted to share with you about LMNOP.  Sherry and I have loved the fact that Sylvie receives positive reinforcement from peers and others regarding speech and song.  The fact that we are both teachers, we understand the importance of group interaction and positive peer pressure.  Thanks to LMNOP, I have been exposed to countless baby signs and have retained several new signs that I would have never had the forethought to look up on my own.  

In terms of how we have seen Sylvie grow, the attached video should speak for itself.  Thanks for everything you do and what GiGi’s does for the community.” – Tyler Merideth, Sylvia’s Dad

GiGi’s : Stronger Together

GiGi’s : Stronger Together

30 GiGi’s Playhouses from around the country and in Mexico participated in our 6th Annual GiGi’s Board Conference at the Schaumburg Convention Center. It was 3 days of inspiration, education, networking and fun! The conference ended with a banquet where our adult interns with Down syndrome, who run our Hugs + Mugs store, inspired the crowd. AtContinue Reading

Having a best friend is natural… She has a best friend!!!

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We often wondered what will it be like for Katelynn to make friends and build lasting friendships, like we wish for all of our children and ourselves… Katelynn had the privilege to attend a wonderful Early Childhood Program in Libertyville, IL this past year. The program was rich in acceptance, opportunity, differentiated teaching, and support;Continue Reading

Down syndrome Awareness month

Down syndrome Awareness month

Tomorrow marks the start  Down Syndrome Awareness Month! Throughout the month of October and continuing through the rest of the year, GiGi’s Playhouse celebrates the Down syndrome by recognizing the potential that children and adults with Ds have. Through innovative and goal-oriented programs, offered at no cost to our families, GiGi’s Playhouse motivates our kids andContinue Reading

Here’s a sneak peak……

Here’s a sneak peak……

Hugs+Mugs has been busy preparing for Gigi Fest – All of our mentors and interns have been spending their time making and packaging our V-21 Cookies and testing our G-21 Gluten free version – working hard to guarantee a Gigi Fest debut.  But whats really been keeping us busy are our brand new items.  Continue Reading

Be The Change : A Message from Nancy

Be The Change : A Message from Nancy

Hello All! October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and is another chance to spread awareness, advocacy and inclusion throughout the community! At GiGi’s we celebrate individuals with Down syndrome and make people aware of their abilities and accomplishments everyday! But it is hard to celebrate when our friends with disabilities are being disrespected or even worse, bulliedContinue Reading

Karate Kickers working toward their Best Of All!

Karate Kickers working toward their Best Of All!

This past weekend, three of our teens from our GiGi’s Playhouse Rockford’s Karate Kickers class went to the 5th Annual Midwest Youth Programs Karate Invitational.  Nate, Dylan and Adam competed on September 7th and have made us so proud! The benefits of karate for people with Down syndrome are endless. Karate focuses on development of balance, coordination, discipline, focus, attention,Continue Reading

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