Registration for our free therapeutic and educational programming in Gallatin this summer is now open!
The summer semester will start the week of June 12 and will go through the week of July 24th. Exact program dates are listed by each program below.
We are excited to offer the following programs out of the Sumner Center at NorthField this summer:
One-on-One Educational Tutoring
- Literacy (ages 3+): weekly as scheduled with student & tutor
- Math (ages 3+): weekly as scheduled with student & tutor
To sign up for tutoring, please email Amy Hirt at email@example.com.
Group Therapeutic and Educational Programs
LMNOP (recommended ages 0-5): Language, Music, N’ Our Peeps is an interactive and engaging program that guides young children with Down syndrome and their families through learning basic sign language and other forms of communication using music and language-based activities. LMNOP will take place on Saturdays from 10:00am – 11:00am on the following dates: 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30
Creative Exploration (recommended ages: 5-8 and 8-12) is focused on fun and engaging activities that encourage children to explore the world around them. Sometimes indoors and sometimes outdoors, this program will incorporate science experiments and hands-on projects to develop fine and gross motor skills, increase focus and ability to participate in structured activities, and promote teamwork and collaboration. Creative Exploration will meet on Tuesdays from 6:00pm – 7:00pm on the following dates: 6/14, 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26
TEENTASTIC (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. This summer, puberty-related topics will be addressed such as personal space, appropriate touching and interactions with others, physical and online safety, and interpersonal feelings. Teentastic will take place on Tuesdays from 6:00pm – 7:00pm on the following dates: 6/14, 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26
EPIC (Empowerment, Participation, Independence, & Community Involvement) (recommended ages: 18+) 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. EPIC will take place on Tuesdays from 6:00pm – 7:00pm on the following dates: 6/14, 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26
We are thrilled that you are interested in volunteering with GiGi’s programming in Sumner County! 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 the program subject, such as 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 assist others with check in, check out, and making all feel welcome at GiGi’s.
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 through 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 a 10-week session. 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.
To volunteer as a Tutor, please email Amy Hirt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about summer 2022 programs or the registration process, please reach out to Hayley Maurer at email@example.com.