Registration for Spring 2022 Tutoring and Group Programs is Now Open!

Registration for Spring 2022 Programming is Now Open!

Registration for our free, therapeutic and educational spring programming is now open! This spring, we will be offering a programs in-person at our main location in Brentwood as well as at our satellite location in Sumner County.

Registration is now open and will remain open until January 8th.

We are excited to offer the following programs this spring:

One-on-One Educational Tutoring

  • Literacy (ages 3+): weekly as scheduled with student & tutor
  • Math (ages 3+): weekly as scheduled with student & tutor

Click Here to Sign up as a Student or Tutor

Programs Offered In-Person at GiGi’s Playhouse Nashville (Brentwood Location)

Please Note: you will need to create a My GiGi’s Account and register through our website calendar. 

Click here to log in or create your My GiGi’s Account

BUSY BODIES (recommended ages: 0-5) Busy Bodies is the perfect place for children with Down syndrome and friends of all abilities approximately 0-5 years old and their siblings to meet new friends, learn, and grow, while parents have the opportunity to socialize and network with one another.  Monday’s 10:00am-11:00am.

CRAWLERS & WALKERS (recommended ages: 1-5) Focuses on the development of gross and fine motor skills through activities that are hands-on and fun! Social skills and language development will also be addressed, with a focus on learning new words, following directions and interacting with peers. Saturday’s 10:00am-11:00am.

PLAYHOUSE PALS (recommended ages: 5-8)  Supports the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting. This program also supports gross motor skills through active games, as well as fine motor skills & self-help skills. Wednesday’s 5:00-5:45pm. 

MUSIC IN MOTION (recommended ages: 4-7) Tap into your inner rock star where every voice shines! Music in Motion builds self-confidence and strengthens social skills, communication, and motor skills through the therapeutic use of music and dance. We are so excited to partner with Belmont University to offer Music in Motion for multiple age groups this fall! Our wonderful Program Co-Leaders are Ms. Allyson Rodgers, Certified Music Therapist, owner and director of Music & Miracles,  Practicum Supervisor at Belmont, and undergraduate students in Belmont’s music therapy program. Thursday’s 5:45-5:30pm.

MUSIC IN MOTION (recommended ages: 8-12) Tap into your inner rock star where every voice shines! Music in Motion builds self-confidence and strengthens social skills, communication, and motor skills through the therapeutic use of music and dance. We are so excited to partner with Belmont University to offer Music in Motion for multiple age groups this fall! Our wonderful Program Co-Leaders are Ms. Allyson Rodgers, Certified Music Therapist, owner and director of Music & Miracles,  Practicum Supervisor at Belmont, and undergraduate students in Belmont’s music therapy program. Thursday’s 5:45-6:30pm.

KIDS CLUB (recommended ages: 8-12) Supports the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting. This program will also support gross motor skills through active games, fine motor and self-help skills through meal/snack preparation and activities. Wednesday’s 6:00-6:45pm.

TEEN TASTIC (recommended ages: 13-17) 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. Monday’s 5:00-6:00pm.

CROSSFIT (recommended ages: 16+) Our CrossFit program promotes physical fitness and facilitates social interaction and positive peer relationships through purposeful physical activities for adolescents and adults. Our amazing volunteer Program Co-Leaders are Ms. Lauren and Ms. Kaitlyn, who pair participants from GiGi’s with volunteer fitness buddies to complete group workouts together. Fitness activities include: squats, sit-ups, press over head, deadlift, plate ground to overhead, step ups, burpees, rowing, push-ups, lunges, and more! This program is recommended for individuals with Down syndrome 16+ years old and space is limited. PLEASE NOTE: CrossFit meets at “On The End” CrossFit Gym (203 Reidhurst Ave, Nashville, TN 37203). Dates/Times: TBD

TEEN & ADULT YOGA (recommended ages: 13-18; 18+) Our Yoga program promotes healthy habits for a lifetime of wellness through a practice and routine that integrates physical, mental, and emotional development, helping participants develop personal awareness and learn specific strategies to maintain focus and manage emotions and impulses. Thursday’s 6:45-7:45pm.

FANTASTIC FRIENDS (recommended ages: 18+) A fun night out to facilitate social interactions between adults with Down syndrome, their peers and the community. Supports the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting. Monday’s 6:30-7:30pm

GiGi University (ages: 18+) – A comprehensive and progressive learning program tailored specifically for adults with Down syndrome comprised of a 15-week session made up of 3-days per week instructional program. GiGi U is designed for motivated adults with Down syndrome to achieve their highest potential in the real world while developing their abilities in the areas of wellness, communication and career skills with emphasis on job interviewing, communication skills, money management, public speaking, customer service, computer skills, team building and health.

Programs Offered In-Person at Northfield Church (Gallatin Location)

Please Note: you will need to create a My GiGi’s Account and register through our website calendar. 

Click here to log in or create your My GiGi’s Account

All programs in Gallatin will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:00pm. 

MUSIC WITH FRIENDS (recommended ages: 0-4) is a interactive program for young children and their caregivers to sing along and move around together!  In this program, we will make crafts, sing along to our favorite songs & and engage in some gross motor activities!

PLAYHOUSE PALS (recommended ages: 5-12) Supports the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting. This program also supports gross motor skills through active games, as well as fine motor skills & self-help skills.

EPIC (ages 13-17; 18+) Empowerment, Participation, Independence, & Community Involvement –provides opportunities for socialization and community involvement while creating a fun and memorable experience. Participants work on vocational, communication, and social skills to boost confidence and encourage independence through goal-oriented objectives.

 

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

We are thrilled that you are interested in volunteering with GiGi’s Playhouse Nashville! Here are the different ways you can get involved!

Program Leader:  The Program Leader plays an integral role within GiGi’s Playhouse Programs – to facilitate skill development activities and connect with families.  It is preferred that the Program Leader has advanced education and/or training in developmental therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, behavioral therapy, social work, special education, speech-language therapy, music, dance, art or a related field.

Host Family: The Host Family attends the assigned program each session, to ensure that no family must attend on their own and works in conjunction with program leader.

Program Volunteers: This person will assist the program lead, and the number of volunteers depends on the size and type of program. Program volunteers just need a general knowledge of Down syndrome (which you can gain at the volunteer orientation)!

Literacy and Math Tutors: This is an exciting opportunity to help those with Down syndrome learn to read or do math skills! The time commitment per week is 1 hour plus prep time. We ask our tutors to commit to one session (10 weeks). You will work directly with the family of the child you are tutoring to determine when you will meet for your session each week. Click here for more information

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AS A PROGRAM VOLUNTEER (BRENTWOOD AND GALLATIN)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AS A TUTOR (BRENTWOOD AND GALLATIN)

If you have any questions about spring 2022 programs, please reach out to Carlie Long at clong@gigisplayhouse.org

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