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Back to School Time!

It’s August, which means school is going to begin! For most parents, this means back to school shopping for supplies, clothes and shoes, checking class lists, and excitedly sending kids off and celebrating another summer survived.  For us, it is largely the same, plus a little more, and maybe a bit different than expected.  We…

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The Power of Volunteering

At our Grand Opening celebration last weekend we took a moment to recognize some of the incredible volunteers who have dedicated their time to the playhouse the last six months. One of those volunteers was a young man named Luke. Luke received our Enthusiasm award. At GiGi’s we follow five core values, Enthusiasm is the…

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How GiGi’s Playhouse Changes You

My first day at work was the GiGi’s Chicagoland 5K Fun Run four years ago. It was held in a grassy field that was filled with mud from rain the night before. The families showed up in huge groups, all smiling, excited and happy to be there. Music was blasting, the energy was high, and…

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Hard Work Pays Off

Every week Eleanor works so incredibly hard in therapy. At school she receives 90 minutes of speech, 60 minutes of OT and 40 minutes of PT. Privately we currently do 60 minutes of speech, 30 minutes of hippotherapy (PT and OT) and 60 minutes of OT. So in one week she gets 2.5 hours of…

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More Than Therapy

 We didn’t really know what to expect when we enrolled Sofia in the speech program at GiGi’s. Over her almost 10 years, Sofia has been enrolled in countless therapy programs. And while we know that this is what she needs in order to speak more clearly and be better understood, we also know that she…

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A Few Words from Our Vice President on Her Birthday!

When Finn was born I knew our family would accept, love and protect him.  I knew our friends would accept and embrace him and add him to the mix of our dinner parties and gatherings.  It’s the world that worries me and keeps me up some nights. Will the world at large accept Finn? Will…

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A Playhouse Years in the Making

We didn’t find out that Taylor had Down syndrome until she was born.  That day is still so clear in my mind.  She struggled to breathe so my husband Brett stayed close to her as the nurse worked.  He was the first to suspect that she might have Down syndrome.  I immediately began to feel…

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The Start of GiGi’s Playhouse Deerfield

I’ll never forget the moment that my wife, Denise, and I received our son Oliver’s prenatal diagnosis that confirmed he had Down syndrome. The doctor told us he was sorry and I couldn’t help feeling as though something had been stolen from us. All of the joy and promise that we had previously experienced was…

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