Program Highlight – Speech and Language Collaboration with Marquette

A year ago we began collaborating with Marquette Univerity’s Speech and Audiology department. This collaboration has lead to 32 participants from GiGi’s Playhouse Milwaukee Down Syndrome Achievement Center getting the one to one speech and communication support that they need to grow! The students from MU are therapists in training and are placed at GiGi’s for the semester. While they support our participants and families they are also learning critical skills that cannot be taught in a book or in a “hands-off” manner. They get to learn personalities, find new ways to make learning fun, and over the course of the 12-week session, they get to witness the growth of their students. This is all thanks to the support and care that Jen Eggert, our on-site Speech and Language supervisor and Professor from Marquette University has put into this awesome program. It’s a win-win situation for the students at MU and GiGi’s Playhouse Milwaukee!

We just finished up another successful session of the Amina Grace Speech and Language Program with Marquette University. This collaborative program provides participants ages 2-12 with opportunities to evolve and refine their speech and language skills with the guidance of Masters’s students from the Marquette University Speech Pathology and Audiology Department. Participants’ work on 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.

Amina Grace Speech and Language with Marquette will return for the spring session, beginning in February 2021. Register at

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