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The Amina Grace Speech and Language Program

The Amina Grace Speech and Language Program provides youth, teens and adults with greatly expanded opportunities to evolve and refine their speech and language skills. Effective enunciation, clarity of speech, word order and message meaning are paramount to fostering greater self-confidence, comprehension, problem-solving, school readiness, social skills, independence, and overall quality of life.

The Amina Grace Speech and Language Program came to be through the generous support of Munawar Ali and Maura Cullen in honor of their daughter Amina.

Program Goals

  • Increase clarity of speech and enunciation through a hierarchal approach of repeated exposure and practice of target sounds, focusing on accurate placement of oral articulators.
  • Improve word order and message meaning through focused exercises targeting various parts of speech, including: verb tense, word choice, sentence completion and more.
  • Increase self-confidence through positive reinforcement and various forms of appropriate supportive methods, including: verbal, visual and tactile.
  • Increase comprehension through the use of various visual models and tasks targeting functional level-appropriate targets.

Benefits

  • Improve school and social readiness through activities and goal geared towards preparing participants for skills required within their age-leveled school grade, thereby, increasing their chances of improving social skills of blending with classmates.
  • Increase independence and overall quality of life through confidence-building activities, self-help skills and a positive-reinforcing approach to therapeutic targets.

Components

Impact

Since its inception in the summer of 2015, the Amina Grace Speech and Language Program has served more than 100 families and delivered more than 800 sessions of free therapy nationwide. The Amina Grace Speech and Language Program is open to participants of ALL AGES and runs 4, 10-week sessions throughout the year in a 1-on-1 setting.

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Please consider a charitable contribution to the Amina Grace Speech and Language Program in honor of Amina Grace or Eileen Opferman, loving mother, close friend of Amina Grace's family, and long-time speech pathologist who recently completed her battle with cancer. Specializing in work with children, being a Speech Therapist was one of Eileen's life's passions. Please mail a donation check to:

Amina Grace Memorial Fund Inc.
Fifth Third Bank
C/O Nancy Hopf or Deb Guisinger
222 S Riverside Plaza, MD: GRVR3H
Chicago, IL 60606

The Amina Grace Memorial Fund and GiGi's Playhouse are 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations. Your gift is tax deductible.

Participate

Currently, the Amina Grace Speech & Language Program is offered at the following Playhouse locations:

Chicago

Hillsborough

Hoffman Estates

Indianapolis

Madison

McHenry County

Phoenix

Quad Cities

Sugar Land

Tinley Park

Interested in registering your child in The Amina Grace Speech & Language Program? Contact your local Playhouse.

Questions about speech and language programs? Email us at info@gigisplayhouse.org.