Volunteer Spotlight: Marquette University Occupational Therapy Dept.

Students from Marquette University’s College of Health Sciences in the area of Occupational Therapy (OT) facilitated our Fall 2023 GiGi Prep program with an emphasis on building communication skills, money management, customer service skills, team building, health, and personal wellness. Both the participants and volunteers voiced their enthusiasm and appreciation for the program with the program leader, Angela Lemke the supervising professor, confirming Marquette’s intent to volunteer again during the spring session.

GiGi Prep Programs

GiGi Prep programs are progressive learning programs for adults, consisting of modular programs that meet multiple times each week for 6-10 weeks in length that encompass Confident U, Healthy U, and Whole U.  

GiGi Prep  –  The GiGi Prep program is step one in our progressive learning program for adults with Down syndrome. Meeting multiple times each week for 10 weeks the curriculum focuses on Confident U, Healthy U, and Whole U. Our GiGi Prep program has an emphasis on building communication skills, money management, customer service skills, team building, and wellness. This program is an application-based program with high expectations to motivate adults with Down syndrome. GiGi Prep is designed for individuals aspiring to enroll in our GiGi University program and continue on the career development path to participate in our GiGi Professional program. However, a participant may need to repeat this course before moving on. Recommended for ages 18+. We look forward to having this program available again in for the summer and fall sessions this year.

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