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Reflections Through the Looking Glass… Griffin!

I love those Best of All moments that I have the pleasure of witnessing as the Site Coordinator of our Playhouse. I sit here in my office as I type up these blog posts and reflect on those special moments through this one way mirror. To me and to everyone who comes through our doors,…

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Best of All inspiration – Elijah!

Our latest Playhouse inspiration comes courtesy of an incredible five year old, Elijah. After just turning five years old, he became our first participant here at GiGi’s Playhouse Cleveland to transition up from one therapeutic program to another. He had been attending Leaps & Bounds with his younger brother, Spencer, but came to his first…

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From the Heart of the Playhouse

Lizz Maxwell, our Site Coordinator, shares this incredible story: Donna walked through the doors one day a few weeks ago, drawn in by the beautiful children on the windows and the colorful sign that read “achievement center”. After our introductions, she shared with me her desire to volunteer here. She said she was drawn to…

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volunteer spotlight – elaine tosko

Here at GiGi’s Playhouse, we absolutely adore our volunteers. They truly are the heartbeat of our Playhouse! This month we shine the spotlight on one of our amazing literacy tutors – Elaine Tosko! Elaine has been tutoring here at GiGi’s since December. Her energy and creativity are such a great addition to the Playhouse! Here…

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#tuesdaytips | behavior intervention plans. what you need to know.

We are thankful to share a guest blog today from the national Playhouse! welcome carly quinlan to the #gigisblog today to share some more great tips to help our kiddos be their #bestofall. Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) can be part of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) if your child’s behavior interferes with his or her…

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Teamwork. Exercise. Achievement. Motivation!

Our TEAM is halfway through their 10 week program and we are just amazed at their progress and success! Some of the dinners they have prepared have included turkey burgers, salads, tacos and homemade guacamole. Delicious! The adults have been introduced to a variety of exerises: yoga, Zumba, Crossfit and Jacob’s Ladder. In addition to…

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Family Spotlight – Lexi and Tony Cusma

Lexi Cusma joins us as our guest blogger today. She has been a part of the dedicated start up team the last two years and in addition to being on the board, Lexi was the 2016 Brew Ha Ha chair and volunteers as a literacy tutor. She also attends Fantastic Friends with her brother, Tony. My…

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Because of my stutter, I speak.

I just got back from one of my first speaking engagements on GiGi’s Playhouse and Generation G. What an experience! I am so thankful to have this honor as the Site Coordinator and to have the opportunity to go out into our community and spread our message of acceptance for all. This has been something…

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Family Spotlight – Celeste’s Story

Every family with a child who has Down syndrome has a “Diagnosis Story”- the story of how and when you were told there were “concerns” and “soft markers” about your child. The day your life changes. Our story began at our 20 week anatomy ultrasound, where our daughter, who we had already named Clementine Hazel…

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Is it okay to ask about special needs?

Topic: “How can I respond when my child points out a child with special needs?” In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, we are welcoming mom & volunteer, Jaclyn, from our friends at GiGi’s Playhouse Milwaukee to answer this question. We love her answer and tips. Read & Share! “Great question! I think there are many different ways…

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