tag-linedonate button blue

e-news read-our-blog---blue  volunteer---blue calendar



“Things have been awesome tutoring with Laurie! As you may know, Michaela has difficulties staying on task particularly if she is asked to do something challenging, but it seems this session Laurie has been reporting that Michaela has been doing really well with staying on task and accomplishing everything that she wants her to accomplish. We also just had Michaela’s IEP and the team remarked on how well she is doing on her goals including her reading goals. So, needless to say, I am extremely happy with tutoring and in particular, with Laurie!”

Meet Dylan Miller


Dylan is a senior at Pecatonica High School. He has been attending GiGi’s Playhouse Rockford for 3 years. He started out attending the Teen Tastics program faithfully and has developed many good friends. Dylan has also participated in the summer Teen Time program. Watch out when he has a water balloon in hand! Now, Dylan has joined the Karate Kickers at GiGi’s. It meets every Tuesday and Dylan has not missed one class! He loves it! His mother, Lori, told us that when Dylan was younger she had him in a Karate class and he was doing so well with it. One day the instructor of this class called Lori and said that Dylan would have to leave the class because he (the instructor) was getting to many calls from other parents saying they were uncomfortable with Dylan being in the class. Well, we are happy to say, today, Dylan has a place where he can come and be himself and fall in love with Karate at GiGi’s. Dylan will be going to a Karate exhibition competition on September 7th. Dylan said that “when I am finished with Karate class it makes me feel good.”
Dylan not only attends high school but he also works at Malcolm Eaton, Enterprise in Freeport, IL through Shelter Workshop. He participates in Special Olympics with bowling, basketball, bocce and volleyball. Dylan’s parents, Todd & Lori, say that GiGi’s has given Dylan a stable peer group outside of a school setting. “We (Todd & Lori) want Dylan to live as independently as possible with minimal support. We want him to be self supporting”. At GiGi’s, we believe we are giving Dylan an opportunity to fulfill those dreams.


click here for full calendar

Jan 31 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Music and movement for ages 0-3.  Fun and energetic music class.
Feb 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Professer Lynn Stafford from Rockford University will be speaking on IEPs.  Lynn is the Director of the Special Education Department at Rockford University and is filled with experience and knowledge of navigating IEPs.  She will... Continue Reading

Translate »