Around the Playhouse
ATTENTION PARENTS AND GIGI’S PLAYHOUSE MCHENRY COUNTY PARTICIPANTS - We are proud to soon be introducing the new Amina Grace Speech and Language Program!
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 and independence
What a great way to kick off Down Syndrome Acceptance Month…Sunday, October 1st was our 6th Annual Bunco Down Benefit! The room was filled with 250 participants, all of which were there to support GiGi’s Playhouse McHenry County Down Syndrome Achievement Center and to help us with our mission; to change the way the world views Down syndrome..click to see more
How I Learn
At GiGi’s Playhouse, we see potential, ability, and possibility. We educate, inspire, and believe. We celebrate uniqueness and we shout out to the world so everyone knows how AWESOME Down syndrome is!
Maybe you know a family member, a student, a neighbor, a classmate with Down syndrome, or maybe you have Down syndrome yourself- we want to share some of our tools for learning and communication so you pass it on!
My literacy story…
I have been going to GiGi's in McHenry for literacy, since they moved to Elm Street. Jack has had a difficult time learning to read and doing basic academics for a long time. He was a sick kid for the first half of his 13 years, so we needed somewhere he could go that was familiar, comfortable and wasn't school. We had been to GiGi's for play groups and he has always been relaxed there. When we got matched up with Hope, it was a great experience. We were able to make some books and flash cards that were of things Jack had interest in. Sesame Street, popular logos, favorite movies. When we made a picture book of what "Jack likes…" we were really onto something! The program has been great by making it a fun and comfortable place to learn at his own pace. We still have our days where Jack would much rather try to "teach" Hope about all things silly, but all and all, we have seen progress every year!
I can't thank everyone enough for such a great program that can adapt to all reading levels, handled with an amazing amount of patience and with lots of love and kindness.