important information & dates!

Thank you for your interest in the GiGi’s Playhouse Indianapolis Literacy Program!


2017 tutoring session schedule

  • Winter 2017: January 9 – March 19
  • Spring 2017:  April 3 – June 11
  • Summer 2017:  June 19 – Aug 27
  • Fall 2017: September 11 – November 19

Tutor Training: May 13, 2017 and August 5, 2017


Contact Catrina Welch, Program Coordinator, cwelch@gigisplayhouse.org

Register today!

To register a learner, please click on the button below:



"Tutor registration is now closed. We will open registration for Summer Session on May 19, 2017."



  • Increased self-esteem
  • Increased confidence
  • Fine motor development
  • Dispelled stereotypes and misconceptions
  • Greater inclusion in general education classrooms
  • More active role in schools and community
  • Broader communication and speech abilities
  • Greater social interaction and friendships
  • Articulation development


Multi-disciplinary resources

The GiGi’s Literacy program incorporates a plethora of resources for teaching reading skills including; computer games, pocket word charts, phonics and alphabet resources, manipulatives and more.


Life stage relevancy

Books and reading material are specific to the life-stage of the student. Whether it be a favorite television character for a toddler, a specific subject in the classroom, or a job-related topic, each book is created with relevant information to the student.


Building the foundation

Each child learns to read and develop literacy skills at a different pace. The GiGi’s Literacy program builds a foundation from the beginning in 4 main areas:

  • Sight word recognition
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension
  • Articulation

It’s never too late or too early to start building this foundation!

Reading is important

Reading is a vital life skill where doors, otherwise closed, will open up for individuals with Down syndrome in the workplace, schools and the community. Developing reading skills leads to improvements in speech and language development, auditory perceptual skills and working memory function. This will promote the self-confidence and self-esteem that is so important to all individuals!

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