Programs – Educational – Literacy
Questions about Literacy? Email Program Manager Maggie Richey at email@example.com.
Interested in registering your child in the Literacy program? Contact your local Playhouse.
GiGi’s Playhouse Down syndrome Achievement Centers Literacy Program
Building the Foundation
Each child learns to read and develop literacy skills at a different pace. The GiGi’s Literacy program builds a foundation from the beginning in 4 main areas:
• Sight word recognition
It’s never too late or too early to start building this foundation!
Reading is Important
Reading is a vital life skill where doors, otherwise closed, will open up for individuals with Down syndrome in the workplace, schools and the community. Developing reading skills leads to improvements in speech and language development, auditory perceptual skills and working memory function. This will promote the self-confidence and self esteem that is so important to all individuals!
The Literacy Program
The GiGi’s Playhouse Literacy Program uses a methodology with documented success based on the research of professionals in the field. Trained tutors work at the level of the child, continually challenging and encouraging them utilizing custom flashcards and books as well as computer resources and games. This literacy education includes not only direct instruction with the child, but educating their parents, school teachers, and other therapists as well.
• Increased self-esteem
• Increased confidence
• Articulation development
• Fine motor development
• Dispelled stereotypes and misconceptions
• Greater inclusion in general education classrooms
• More active role in schools and community
• Broader communication and speech abilities
• Greater social interaction and friendships
The GiGi’s Literacy program incorporates a plethora of resources for teaching reading skills including; computer games, pocket word charts, phonics and alphabet resources, manipulatives and more.
Books and reading material are specific to the life-stage of the student. Whether it be a favorite television character for a toddler, a specific subject in the classroom, or a job-related topic, each book is created with relevant information to the student.