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Creating awareness and changing lives

My sister attended last year’s gala where our key note speaker, Rob Snow, the parent of a child with Down’s syndrome recounted the story about the birth of his son. Rob talked about an incredible coincidence…the nurse that assisted during the birth of his son happened to have a child with Down syndrome. When Rob…

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We are celebrating our extra chromosome!

During October (Down syndrome awareness month), the adult program groups at GiGi’s Playhouse – Madison are celebrating throughout the month. Last Saturday’s theme for the S.M.A.R.T. Adult group was “Celebrate 21.” We had rotating activities created my our volunteers to challenge our adults: “Bag Toss” to collectively get 21 points by tossing beanbags at or…

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Going to GiGi’s …

   M. is four years old, and he loves to watch Sesame Street. He also loves GiGi’s Playhouse. But would GiGi’s Playhouse be able to compete with Cookie Monster? At our wonderful program “Leaps and Bounds,” his mother told me that when she was about to leave for the program, M. was in the middle…

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Errorless learning at GiGi’s Playhouse

“My 3-year old daughter, Alyssa, has worked with Kayla Kristensen at the Amina Grace Speech and Language Program at GiGi’s Playhouse during the past year. Kayla provides high-quality services and resources while connecting with my daughter in a meaningful way that transcends speech and language. Alyssa is full of delight during the speech sessions! She…

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Best of All Moment: kicking a ball

   Special Olympics Young Athletes is a very popular program at GiGi’s Playhouse Madison. During this eight-week program our two to seven year old participants practice to balance, jump, run, throw, catch and kick a ball. Last week, one of our two-year-old participants, learned to kick a ball for the first time. A Best of…

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A multicultural experience at GiGi’s Playhouse Madison

We had the most amazing five weeks at Club GiGi! Our adults bonded so well with the Mandela Washington Fellows and the interns voted GiGi’s Playhouse THE BEST volunteer place! Francis from Nigeria, Rose from Uganda, Bertha from Tanzania, Silomo from South Africa, and Bridget from Ghana were part of Club GiGi for five wonderful…

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Volunteer of the month: Zoë

Meet Zoë  Zoë came to us via the Edgewood College Graduate Child Life Program. She had participated in a volunteer orientation for a group of nursing students. Zoë immediately stood out because she immediately decided to take the literacy tutor class the following weekend … we are talking about a four-hour class and started tutoring…

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