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GiGi's Educator Symposium
Educate. Inspire. Believe.
Teaching Strategies for Individuals with Down Syndrome


GiGi’s Playhouse is the ONLY international network of Down Syndrome Achievement Centers created to provide FREE, life-changing therapeutic and educational programs for all ages of development and for the unique needs of individuals with Down syndrome.   

Join a team of experienced educators and therapists from across the GiGi’s Playhouse Network to learn how to teach individuals with Down syndrome the way they learn best.  Since 2003, we have been working nonstop to empower individuals with Down syndrome to reach their full potential and move toward independence.  

We encourage the families we serve to invite their teachers, paraprofessionals, and therapists.   

Saturday, September 21, 2024

8-12:45PT / 9-1:45MT / 10-2:45CT / 11-3:45ET

Virtual Presentation

What you can expect: 

  • Introduction and Welcome from our Chief Belief Officer, Nancy Gianni and “The” GiGi herself! 
  • Down Syndrome 101  
  • How I Learn 
  • Strategies for Teaching Math and Literacy 
  • Supporting Speech and Motor skills for students with Down syndrome in the Classroom 
  • Promoting Positive Behavior 


  • Nancy Gianni, Chief Belief Officer, GiGi’s Playhouse National Office
  • GiGi Gianni, “THE” GiGi, GiGi’s Playhouse National Office
  • Shari Andress, M. Ed., GiGi’s Playhouse National Office
  • Kristin Housel, M.S., CCC-SLP, CLC, GiGi’s Playhouse Rochester
  • Cindy Marie Judy, MS Ed., GiGi's Virtual Playhouse
  • Dr. Sarah Mann, PT, DPT, MBA, NSCA-CPT
  • Vicky McKinney, MS Ed., BCBA, GiGi’s Playhouse Nashville
  • Katherine (O'Neill) King, MS, OTD, OTR/L, GiGi's Playhouse Hillsborough
  • Dr. Jennifer Spiric, PT, DPT
  • Kathleen Tynes, GiGi’s Playhouse Detroit
  • Sara Van Deurzen, M. Ed., GiGi's Playhouse Milwaukee

Continuing Professional Education credits generously offered by our education partners:

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