Summer 2023 Is Now Open

Registration for Summer 2023 Tutoring and Group Programs in Brentwood and Gallatin is Now Open!

Registration for our FREE therapeutic and educational programming in Brentwood and Gallatin this summer is open! We’d love to have you join us as a participant or volunteer, and further information on exact offerings and dates is listed below.

One-on-One Educational Tutoring (Brentwood and Gallatin)

Tutoring sessions will be May 29th – July 29th.

· 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

Group Therapeutic and Educational Programs (Brentwood)

Here are the steps to register as a participant:

  1. Create/log-in to your My GiGi’s account. Click here for more information, and if you have any technical issues, feel free to email us at nashville@gigisplayhouse.org
  2. To register for a program, click on a session on our website calendar and click the Register button. 

GiGiFIT Toddler (recommended ages 0-5) GiGiFIT Toddler includes foundational, vestibular and targeted mobility movements, reflex integration and control. We have taken these movements and concepts to the next level in a fast-paced, super fun and socially interactive atmosphere for young children who have recently mastered the ability to walk on their own. This program was formerly know as Crawlers and Walkers, and will still focus on OT for our participants in a fun social setting. This program is still being led by Heidi Terry  MS, OTR/L. We encourage participants who are crawling or walking to join us! This program will take place on Saturdays from 10am – 11am. Check our calendar for the dates we will be meeting.  

ART EXPLOSION (recommended ages: 9-13 on specific dates and 8 and under on specific dates) Provides hands on experience with multiple art medias and provide and outlet for participants to express themselves, build confidence and socialize with peers.  

  • This program will meet for ages 9-13 on Mondays from 5:30pm –6:30pm on the following dates: 6/5, 6/19, 7/10, 7/24  
  • This program will meet for ages 8 and under on Mondays from 5:30pm-6:30pm on the following dates: 6/12, 6/26, 7/17

DANCE (recommended ages: specific to meeting date check calendar) Introduces basic dance styles, techniques and movements to participants while improving gross motor skills, increasing mental and muscle memory and increasing cardiovascular conditioning, strength, flexibility and coordination. This summer we will have a dance session on Wednesday from 5:00pm-5:45pm on the following dates: 6/28 (Adults only), 7/12 (Teens only), 7/19 (School Aged 9-13 only), 7/26 (under 9 only)  

TEEN TASTIC (recommended ages: 13-18) focuses on building social skills by participating in group-based activities in a casual and fun setting. This fall, puberty-related topics will be addressed such as personal space, appropriate touching and interactions with others, physical and online safety, and interpersonal feelings. Teen Tastic will take place on Tuesdays from 6:00pm – 7:00pm! Check our calendar for the dates we will be meeting.  

TEEN AND ADULT YOGA (recommended ages 13-18+): 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. This program will take place in person on Thursdays from 6:15-7:15 on the following dates: 6/22/23 and 7/13/23 

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 overhead, deadlift, plate ground to overhead, step ups, burpees, rowing, push-ups, lunges, and more! PLEASE NOTE: CrossFit meets at the “CrossFit Breakthrough” gym in West Nashville (5402 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209). We will be meeting from 6:30pm-7:30pm this summer, check out our calendar for the dates!  

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. This summer we will be meeting every other Wednesday 6:00-7:30pm! Check our calendar for the dates we will be meeting! 

Group Therapeutic and Educational Programs (Gallatin)  

Here are the steps to register as a participant:  

  1. Create/log-in to your My GiGi’s account. Click here for more information, and if you have any technical issues, feel free to email us at nashville@gigisplayhouse.org.  
  1. To register for a program, click on a session on our website calendar and click the Register button.  

DESTINATION DISCOVERY (All Ages) Play = Fun + Learning Destination Discovery supports the development of fine motor skills, gross motor skills, social skills and language through purposeful play and peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting. This program also brings families together to share experiences and build relationships.  Recommended for All Ages. Please register for the appropriate age group on the calendar. 6/6 – Summer Fun! 6/24 – Super Heroes 7/25 – Art Explosion! 
 
GIGIFIT ADULT (recommended ages: 18+) Introduces the key movements of foundational, hip strengthening, and vestibular/balance exercises, making them successful to implement and practice at any stage of life! Focuses on improving areas of fitness through activities in strength, endurance, joint stability, balance, movement control and more. GiGiFIT promotes wellness through nutrition, pushing through barriers and building self-confidence. This is an enrollment-based program, so we ask that participants complete our enrollment form to register for the program. Visit our GiGiFIT page < https://gigisplayhouse.org/nashville/gigifit/> to enroll. Please contact hmaurer@gigisplayhouse.org if you would like assistance with this process.  

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 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 make 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 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 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 on tutoring.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AS A PROGRAM VOLUNTEER (Brentwood)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AS A PROGRAM VOLUNTEER (Gallatin)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AS A TUTOR (all locations)

For any questions about summer 2023 programs or the registration process please email:
Brentwood – Carolanna, chirt@gigisplayhouse.org
Gallatin – Hayley, hmaurer@gigisplayhouse.org
Tutoring – Amy, ahirt@gigisplayhouse.org

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