Fall-2023

Discover Teen Tastic at GiGi’s Playhouse New Orleans: Building Social Skills in a Fun Setting

At GiGi’s Playhouse New Orleans, we are dedicated to empowering individuals with Down syndrome through innovative programs that foster development and celebrate achievements. We are excited to introduce our Teen Tastic program, designed to build social skills through engaging and team-based activities. This program is perfect for teens looking to...
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Math Tutoring by Kayla Vo

I got the chance to volunteer as a 1-on-1 math tutor at Gigi’s Playhouse New Orleans, and I had a great time doing so. The sign-up process was quick and simple. On GiGi’s website there is a form for math and literacy tutoring, and there you are able to pick...
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Dual Diagnosis – Down Syndrome & Autism

Since it is Autism Acceptance Month, we wanted to take a moment to highlight the dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism. While While a child with Down syndrome is diagnosed prenatally or very shortly after birth, a diagnosis of autism usually occurs several years later.  Previously, it was not widely understood that...

Patience

When a couple finds out they’re having a baby, people have a tendency to imagine their child’s whole life. You imagine him taking his first steps, saying his first words, what sport he’ll play, what college he’ll go to. And so on and so on. Then when you find out...
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Crescent City Classic 10K – GiGi’s Playhouse New Orleans Down Syndrome Achievement Center 

GiGi's Playhouse New Orleans Down Syndrome Achievement Center was selected for the 2024 Crescent City Classic (CCC) "Run for It" charity partner program. The CCC is New Orleans and the Gulf South's premier 10K road race, and one of the oldest 10K races in the nation. Each year over 20,000...

Tutoring at GiGi’s Playhouse NOLA

As our Playhouse continues to grow, so does our tutoring program! We are expecting a high number of applications from our families for this Spring 2024 Literacy and Math Sessions. Spring tutoring runs from February 19th (week after Mardi Gras) to May 11th. Tutors and students will have standing sessions;...
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Thank you God for the Miracles

Hi!  My name is Lory, and I have been volunteering as the Board Treasurer since just before GiGi's Playhouse New Orleans became its own legal entity in March 2020 (yes, just before that, too).  I am getting ready to pass the torch to a new treasurer, so I am reflecting on...

Volunteer Spotlight – Ginger Clasen

GiGi's Playhouse New Orleans is grateful for Ginger Clasen! Ginger serves as a Board Member and is our Gratitude Committee Program Co-Leader. Ginger is beaming with positivity and friendliness. She is always welcoming with a smile on her face. Ginger brings a wealth of knowledge, advocacy and experience to our...

Volunteer Spotlight – Robria Smith

GiGi's Playhouse is grateful for Robria Smith! Robria began as an intern for GiGi's Playhouse in 2022 as a greeter and program assistant. Robria is now the volunteer liaison and helps onboard all volunteers. Robria is kind, patient, and genuinely cares about the success of the Playhouse. Her support and...
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Volunteer Spotlight – Shawn Fassbender

GiGi's Playhouse is grateful for Shawn Fassbender! Shawn is an exceptional literacy and math tutor. Through Shawn's mentorship, participants have shown remarkable progress. He empowers participants to challenge their skills, recognizes when to assist, and celebrates their accomplishments. Some of his favorite memories at GiGi’s Playhouse is tutoring graduation day...
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GiGi’s Playhouse ayuda familias que hablan español

Bienvenido al sitio de GiGi's Playhouse Nueva Orleans!  Nuestra organización es un centro de éxito del síndrome de Down y nuestra misión es cambiar como el mundo percibe el síndrome de Down. Los GiGi’s Playhouse son centros de concientización y de conocimiento que proveen recursos, tutorías especializadas y de apoyo...
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New Board President, Robert “Bob” Kimbro

GiGi's Playhouse New Orleans is pleased to announce that Bob Kimbro is the new Board President. Bob brings a wealth of leadership and nonprofit experience to GiGi's having served in leadership positions for the United Way of Southeast Louisiana, Children's Bureau of New Orleans, Leukemia Lymphoma Society, and Plaquemines CARE...