As our Playhouses grow, so do our program offerings. Each GiGi’s Playhouse is unique and offers a variety of educational and therapeutic programs to meet the needs of their families and their community. Signature programs follow the same structure and curriculum at each location, providing purposeful progressions by supporting our youngest learners through adulthood. Specialty programs provide for some customization at each location, to foster the ongoing development of new programs, serve specialized local needs and tap into local talents.
Best of All
Best of All is continual, measurable, celebrated and it never ends. It is a daily challenge to do a little better than you did the day before and it is always celebrated. Possible manifestations include standing just one second longer, reading just one more word, learning just one new number, taking just one more step, it’s never a competition and is never completed.
Signature Educational Programs for All Ages
Literacy Tutoring – Each individual learns to read and develop literacy skills at a different pace. The GiGi’s Literacy Program builds a foundation in sight word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension, phonics and articulation through one-on-one literacy tutoring adapted to fit the learning style of individuals with Down syndrome. Recommended for ages 3 and up.
Signature Therapeutic-Based Programs
GiGi’s Playhouse specialty programs have been developed by local Playhouses to meet the needs in each community. Each of these programs offers purposeful play through specific goals and identified outcomes through components such as:
- affective development
- attention development
- cognitive development
- family involvement
- fine motor development
- gross motor development
- parent education
- physical development
- social development
- speech and language development
Programs for All Ages
Amina Grace Speech and Language
The GiGi’s Playhouse Amina Grace speech and language program provides youth, teens and adults with greatly expanded opportunities to evolve and refine their speech and language skills. Effective enunciation, clarity of speech, word order and message meaning are paramount to fostering greater self-confidence, comprehension, problem-solving, school readiness, social skills, independence, and overall quality of life.
For Early Learners:
LMNOP: Language Music N’ Our Peeps – LMNOP is an interactive and engaging program designed to guide parents and young children through learning basic sign language and other forms of communication using music and language based activities. LMNOP is recommended for ages Newborn-36 months.
Special Olympics Young Athletes™– 2 to 7 years old
Special Olympics Wisconsin Young Athletes. A Head Start. Special Olympics Young Athletes is a sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities (ID), ages 2 to 7 years old.Young Athletes introduces basic sport skills, like running, kicking and throwing.
For School-Age Children and Teens
Teen Tastic – Teen Tastic focuses on building social skills with friends without Down syndrome by participating in team-based activities in a casual and fun setting. Skill development includes understanding compromise, turn-taking, and problem solving abilities. Our Teen Tastic program is recommended for ages 13-18 years old.
For Young Adults and Adults
SMART – This program provides a social outlet for participants to meet new friends, learn new skills and most of all, for this group of adults to have loads of fun! The program has a rotation theme each week, including social activities, life skills workshop, community outing and new skill development. Recommended for adults ages 18 and up.
Fantastic Friends/Club GiGi – Our Fantastic Friends program supports the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual fun setting. Along with their peers without Down syndrome, adult participants participate in the planning of activities so that group activities are based on personal interests. During Fantastic Friends, the group may participate in active games, dancing or exploring their local community by participating in outings and events. Fantastic Friends is recommended for ages 13 years and older.