Happy Birthday GiGi’s Playhouse Layton!!!

Two years ago today our world got a little brighter, happier, and just plain better! Through dedication, hard work, and sheer stubbornness in some cases, we opened GiGi’s Playhouse Layton. Over the past two years we have served hundreds of individuals and families thru our purposeful programs. We have raised awareness, changed expectations, and impacted so many around us. GiGi’s Playhouse Layton has become a pillar of hope, inclusion, laughter, and learning.

GiGi’s Playhouse has meant so much to so many, and we have only just begun…
“It’s meant. Expanding my expectations of my son. It’s meant learning how to request more from “the system” that by law they have access too. Personally the reminder to be generous with my heart in all situations.” -Melanie Bingham

“GiGi’s has given me the reassurance that Lincoln will have the resources he needs to help him become an independent member of society. It gives him the tools he needs to succeed in school. It gives our family the sense of community we so desperately needed. It helps the rest of our community gain a better understanding of people with Down syndrome.” -Kim Strube

“It means hope. Hope for Mason’ s future. It means community. Feeling like you belong and people understand you and the things you are going through on this crazy journey. It means a better future for Mason. Having access to information to help with the best education he can get and gaining skills that will be useful to his education and job down the road. I love that Ella had an opportunity to meet siblings like her (as we don’t plan on having any more kids). It means the world still has good in it. . People like Becky, Michelle, and Leslie, that are so involved without having a child with DS and exposing and teaching their kids acceptance and love for people that are different.” -Michelle Leschke

These past two years have been AMAZING, and we could not have done it with out all of our participants, volunteers, and donors! Here’s to all of your hard work, and all the AWESOME things to come!!




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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Facts about Down syndrome

Facts about Down syndrome

I recently came across a wonderful blog called Ellen Stumbo Hope and Encouragement for parents with kids with disabilities.  She focuses her blogs on Down syndrome the month of October in celebration of Down syndrome awareness month.  She shared this fantastic list of 31 facts about Down syndrome.  I wanted to share it and make… Continue Reading

Gratitude Changes Everything

Gratitude Changes Everything

We are so grateful for the amazing community we have that supports us at GiGi’s Playhouse Layton.  As a thank you for the support we want to show our gratitude to the community through recognizing their kindness.  Please help us in recognizing them in their effort. We are looking for participants, parents, and volunteers who… Continue Reading

Famous Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole

Gluten Free Recipe

Okay is everyone ready for this amazing recipe??  After a long and torturous wait we have the recipe (it’s partly my fault I received it and missed it, sorry folks!), it is being made public for the first time!  Tyler has been great about sharing his recipe and we want to thank him for all… Continue Reading

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