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“Math is hard for many students. Math can be even harder for our children with Down Syndrome. Often they need more repetition..



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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.