Empowerment!

“At GiGi’s Playhouse, individuals attend purposeful programs where they can practice the skills they need to excel in their classrooms, jobs and the community. They and their parents become empowered and it spreads to the community. At every turn, there is empowerment happening.” Click and read more, we promise you will love it!  Thank you…

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Potty Training Tips

Rose Reif, an in home private counselor for families affected by disabilities was at our Playhouse in Raleigh, NC and they shared this blog post with us! http://www.reifpsychservices.com/potty-training-down-syndrome/ This is a great resource and we have so many people that ask about this. Thank you for sharing!  

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Sarah Buti with #tuesdaytips

oral motor functionality So many of us my not be aware of the crucial importance of strong oral motor functionality. It is important for our kiddos to have strong and mobile articulators. Articulators include our lips, cheeks, jaw and tongue. Children with Down syndrome, due to low muscle tone, often have decreased strength when it…

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5th Degree Black Belt – We are so proud of you!

http://local12.com/news/offbeat/inside-the-story-woman-with-down-syndrome-is-5th-degree-black-belt-10-15-2016 We are so proud of her accomplishments.  We have had the opportunity to have her come and do a few classes for us at GiGi’s and she is so amazing!  What a spectacular story!  

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Speech Therapy Activities

1. “Me In a Bag” Activity Give all of your participants a paper bag with the cute poem attached here on it. All you have to do is cut (if you have time, plain bags are great too). Share your “Me” bag and talk about how each item represents you before explaining the activity. Have…

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Five instructional strategies for children with Down syndrome

Children with Down syndrome are capable learners who are excited and eager to learn. They just need to be given the opportunity to excel. They may learn at a slower pace, but are more than capable of learning. They are strong visual learners. This means that they understand what they see better than what they…

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Tips from our speech therapist

Thanks to Sarah for sharing the following tips about speech. Although a child may only know ten or twenty or thirty words or signs at this stage, that does not mean that these are the only words you should use with him or her. On the contrary, children need to be exposed to a rich…

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5K Next Saturday!

Join us at our 2nd annual 5K Fundraiser.  This year it will be on October 24th from 9-1 (Check-in starts at 8). It will be at the Layton Commons Park – 437 N Wasatch Dr, Layton, UT It is going to be a 5K Fun Run, after which we will have a Kids Candy Dash that…

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