Current Programs

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All Ages

New Caregivers Group

Be a part of our community for the everyday caregiver challenges (including new and expecting parents), receive support, establish connections within GiGi’s Playhouse and the community, as well as learn the philosophy of GiGi’s Playhouse and engage in programming. This group is a place for families to connect with one another and learn about local resources in our community! In this program, we will discuss relevant topics and have guest speakers from the community join in from time to time. Caregivers will have the opportunity to share their experiences, opinions and questions—only if they feel comfortable doing so!

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Family Fun

Bring the whole family in for a fun time at GiGi’s! This is the perfect opportunity to gather and get to know other GiGi’s families! Purposeful activities, games, information and refreshments will help to create friendships and memories!

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Daddy and Me

Fathers, Grandfathers, Uncles and Brothers are invited to play, network and connect with one another in a fun and active program.

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Family Speaker

Focuses on topics that help your loved one, allows for time to listen, learn, ask questions and network. Do you have a topic you want to hear more about, let us know.

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Drama Troupe

Focuses on confidence and cooperation will be practiced through a variety of drama improvisation techniques, theatrical productions and games to recreate and learn self-expression with vocal and physical freedom.

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Nuestros Angeles

Promotes support, friendship, networking and socialization! Come together to embrace your child’s diagnosis, share experiences and learn from one another.

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Speech & Language 1-on-1

The GiGi's Amina Grace One-on-One Speech & Language program provides youth, teens and adults with greatly expanded opportunities to evolve and refine their speech and language skills This program supports the increase of clarity of speech and enunciation, word order and message meaning and comprehension which benefits self-confidence, school and social readiness and Increased independence and overall quality of life. Recommended for All Ages.

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Dance

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.

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Karate Kickers

Focuses on the development of balance, coordination, discipline, focus, attention, wellness and confidence through the basic foundational movements of karate and martial arts. Recommended for ages 8-12, 13-17, 18+.

Harlem The benefits of karate for people with Down syndrome are endless. Karate focuses on the development of balance, coordination, discipline, focus, attention, wellness and confidence through the basic foundational movements of karate and martial arts

Recommended for youth with Down syndrome and siblings ages 10 and up.

Goals:

  • Increase self-esteem
  • Develop cognitive processing skills
  • Learn to follow basic visual and verbal instructions
  • Improve gross motor skills, coordination and balance                
REGISTER:
https://gigisplayhouse.org/newyork/calendar/karate-4pm-5pm/2020-02-01/
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  Los beneficios del karate para las personas con Down sydrome son infinitos. El Karate se enfoca en el desarrollo del equilibrio, la coordinación, la disciplina, el enfoque, la atención, el bienestar y la confianza a través de los movimientos básicos de karate y artes marciales.   Recomendado para jóvenes con Down syndrome y hermanos de 10 años en adelante. Metas:
  • Aumentar la autoestima
  • Desarrollar habilidades de procesamiento cognitivo
  • Aprenda a seguir instrucciones visuales y verbales básicas.
  • Mejorar las habilidades motoras gruesas, la coordinación y el equilibrio.




 

Yoga

Helps your child develop healthy habits for a lifetime of wellness and happiness. Yoga gives children a practice and routine that integrates physical, mental and emotional development. Yoga program will help your child develop more personal awareness and learn specific strategies to maintain focus and manage their emotions and impulses.

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Literacy

The One-on-One Literacy tutoring program for individuals with Down syndrome provides instruction based on the interests and inspirations of each student. The Literacy tutoring program supports the increase of sight word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension, articulation, self-esteem, speech clarity and fine motor skills. Our trained tutors provide motivating and purposeful lessons designed to keep our students engaged and learning both during sessions and when extending activities at home. Recommended for ages 3+.

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The 1:1 Literacy tutoring program provides individual instruction based on the interests and inspirations of each student.  Our trained tutors provide motivating and purposeful lessons designed to keep our students engaged and learning both during sessions and when extending activities at home. Recommended for ages 3+.

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El programa 1: 1 de tutoría en literatura proporciona instrucción individual en los intereses y aspiraciones de cada estudiante. Nuestros tutores dan lecciones motivadoras y útiles diseñadas para mantener a nuestros estudiantes comprometidos y aprendiendo tanto durante las sesiones como al extender las actividades en el hogar. Recomendado para mayores de 3 años.
 

Music

Tap into your inner rock star where every voice shines!  Music supports the increase of self-confidence, social skills, communication and motor skills.

Harlem The GiGi’s Playhouse NYC Chorus  will provide a performing arts experience to assist individuals with Down syndrome in social and educational development. Performance develop skills such as listening, vocal production, diction, body awareness, memorizing, creating, and working together. Performing builds confidence, self-esteem, resiliency and provides the satisfaction that comes from working as a team, completing a project and creating a community event.

REGISTER:
https://gigisplayhouse.org/newyork/calendar/gigis-playhouse-nyc-community-chorus-130pm-300pm/2020-02-08/
-------------------------------------------------------------------------- El coro de GiGi’s Playhouse en la ciudad de  Nueva York proporcionará una experiencia de artes escénicas para ayudar a las personas con Down Syndrome en el desarrollo social y educativo. La capacidad de desempeño social como escuchar, producción vocal, dicción, conciencia del cuerpo, memorizar, crear y trabajar juntos.   El desempeño genera confianza, autoestima, capacidad de recuperación y proporciona la satisfacción de trabajar en equipo, completar un proyecto y crear un evento comunitario.
 

Early Learners (0-4)

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School Age Learners (5-12)

Speech & Language Group Kids

Speech & Language Group facilitates newly developed communication skills providing a more natural communication between peers. Participants 6-12 year olds practice new skills through informal interaction with other members of the group, with the guidance of a program leader.

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Teenagers (13-17)

Teen Tastic

Focuses on building social skills with friends with and 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.

Harlem Being a Teen is Fantastic at GiGi’s Playhouse!  Join this program to experience the fun of being a teenager, practice social skills, and build friendships that will last a lifetime. We encourage social and life skills through guided ice breakers, interactive play, theater and improv games, and cooperative activities. Throughout the session, teens will get experience cooking, shopping, money management, and develop strong friendships.

This program meets every Saturday from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Don’t forget to also join us the 3rd Friday of each month for TeenTastic Night Out!

REGISTER:
https://gigisplayhouse.org/newyork/calendar/teentastic-skills-300pm-400pm/2020-02-01/
---------- Ser un adolescente es fantástico en GiGi’s Playhouse! Únete a este programa para experimentar la diversión de ser un adolescente, practicar habilidades sociales y construir amistades que durarán toda la vida. Alentamos las habilidades sociales y de la vida a través de rompehielos guiados, juegos interactivos, juegos de teatro y de improvisación, y actividades cooperativas. A lo largo de la sesión, los adolescentes obtendrán experiencia en la cocina, las compras, la administración del dinero y desarrollarán fuertes amistades.
Este programa se reúne todos los sábados de 3:00 p.m. a 4:00 p.m. ¡No se olvide de unirse también en el tercer viernes de cada mes para TeenTastic Night Out!  
 

GiGiFIT Teen

Introduces the key movements of foundational , hip strengthening and vestibular/balance exercises, we focus on improving areas of fitness through activities in strength, endurance, joint stability, balance, movement control and more. GiGiFIT Teen incorporates age appropriate activities that teens can be successful with and  strengthen their bodies purposefully.​ GiGiFIT promotes wellness through nutrition, pushing through barriers and building self-confidence. Recommended for 13-17 year olds.

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Adults

Fantastic Friends

A fun purposeful & social gathering for 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. Recommended for Adults 18+.

Harlem A fun purposeful & social gathering for 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. Recommended for Adults 18+.

Focus on Bowling and Social Skills. Goals include: 
  • Increase social skills, with a focus on group participation and increasing leisure activity options. 
  • Increase language development, with a focus on appropriateness, maintaining conversation and non-verbal social language. 
  • Increase gross motor skills, with a focus on general health, fitness (strength and balance) and awareness of personal space. 
  • Increase fine motor skills and self-help skills through participation in a variety of activities.
REGISTER:
https://gigisplayhouse.org/newyork/calendar/bowling-buds-530pm-730pm-2/

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  Una reunión divertida y social para adultos con Síndrome de Down, sus compañeros y la comunidad. Apoya el desarrollo de habilidades sociales y lenguaje a través de la interacción entre pares en un ambiente informal y divertido. Recomendado para adultos mayores de 18 años.   Concentrarse en el juego boliche y habilidades sociales.   Los objetivos incluyen:  
  • Aumentar las habilidades sociales, con un enfoque en la participación grupal y aumentar las opciones de actividades de ocio.
  • Aumentar el desarrollo del lenguaje, con un enfoque en lo apropiado, manteniendo la conversación y el lenguaje social no verbal.
  • Aumente las habilidades motoras gruesas, con un enfoque en la salud general, el estado físico (fuerza y ​​equilibrio) y la conciencia del espacio personal.
  • Aumente las habilidades motoras finas y las habilidades de autoayuda a través de la participación en una variedad de actividades.


 

Gratitude Committee

Focuses on giving back to the community for the things we are generously given, showing appreciation for the community we live in. Recommended for ages 18+.

Harlem Adults with Down syndrome and other disabilities give back to the Playhouse through their art! This core group of volunteers explore their artistic side to create one of a kind cards and gifts used to thank GiGi’s Playhouse NYC supporters!  Participants gain hands on experience with multiple art media while expressing themselves, building confidence and socializing with peers. Artists will also have opportunities to appear it shows around the city. This program is open to individuals or groups. Recommended for adults 21 and up.

REGISTER:
https://gigisplayhouse.org/newyork/calendar/gratitude-art-committee-1100am-1200pm/2020-02-05/
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  ¡Los adultos con Down syndrome y otras discapacidades retribuyen a Playhouse a través de su arte!   ¡Este grupo central de voluntarios explora su lado artístico para crear tarjetas y regalos únicos para agradecer a los que han apoyado GiGi;s Playhouse NYC! Los participantes adquieren experiencia práctica con múltiples medios artísticos mientras se expresan, crean confianza y socializan con sus compañeros. Los artistas también tendrán la oportunidad de aparecer en la ciudad.   Este programa está abierto a individuos o grupos.   Recomendado para adultos mayores de 21 años.

 

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LMNOP

Language Music N' Our Peeps (LMNOP) is an interactive and engaging program designed to guide parents and young children through learning basic sign language and other forms of communication while using music and language-based activities. Recommended for ages pre-natal to 36 months.

GiGiFIT Infant

In GiGiFIT Infant we are making movement fun! We introduce the concepts of foundational movements, mobility, visual-vestibular, and reflex integration activities. In a fun environment we are purposefully progressing on improving areas of fitness through activities in strength, endurance, joint stability, balance, movement control and more.  Recommended for infant to pre-walking.
 

Crawlers and Walkers

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 focus on learning new words, following directions and interacting with peers. Recommended for ages 1-4.

Leaps & Bounds

Leaps & Bounds is a play-based program for children ages 3-5 that focuses on success in preschool and kindergarten. Students will participate in fun and engaging activities that provide opportunities for following routines, small group participation, movement and interaction with their environment. Family members are key participants in this program and will encourage their child to reach his or her Best of All throughout each session.  Recommended for ages 3-5 year olds.

Kids Club

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. Recommended for 8-12 year-olds.

GiGiFIT Adult

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. Recommended for 18+.

Destination Discovery

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.

GiGiFIT Kids

GiGiFIT Kids combines key movements from GiGiFIT Teen and advanced progressions of activities from GiGiFIT Toddler to help improve strength, balance, coordination, peer interaction and to build a lifelong love of physical activity. GiGiFIT Kids is not just purposeful play it is our special work out-time to make you stronger , faster, more coordinated and kids say "I love this fun, structured, purposeful movements". Recommended for 5-12 year olds.

Playhouse Pals

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. Recommended for 5-8 year olds.

GiGi Professional

Whether it’s an office, retail environment, a design studio or a production space, GiGi’s career internship programs build on the skills learned in GiGi U with practical applications and the achievement of certifications. During each individual with Down syndromes 13-week internship they will purposefully progress through certifications learning and demonstrating strengths and interests in transferable job skills, building their resume for placement in a job or volunteer position in the community. Pre-req: GiGi U. Recommended for Adults 18+.

Studio Cafe

Whether it’s a retail environment, a design studio, a production space or an office, GiGi’s career internship programs build on the skills learned in GiGi U with practical applications and the achievement of certifications. During each individual with Down syndromes 13-week internship they will purposefully progress through certifications learning and demonstrating strengths and interests in transferable job skills, building their resume for placement in a job or volunteer position in the community. Pre-req: GiGi U. Recommended for Adults 18+.

Math

The One-on-One Math tutoring program uses a multi-sensory, strength-based approach to build confidence and success for our students. The Math tutoring program supports the increase of the range of math skills, self-esteem, confidence, critical thinking, problem solving skills, independence and autonomy, and fine motor skills. Our research-based curriculum encompasses a variety of strategies and techniques to ensure that every student can be successful when learning math. Recommended for ages 3+.

GiGi Prep

The GiGi Prep program has an emphasis on building communication skills, money management, customer service skills, team building, health and wellness over a 10-week session made up of 2-days per week instructional learning. This program is an application based program with high expectations to motivate adults with Down syndrome. Recommended for Adults 18+.

GiGi U

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.   Recommended for Adults 18+.

GiGiFIT Toddler

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. Recommended for walking to 4 year olds.

GiGiFIT You & I

During GiGiFIT You & I the #1 goal is to foster relationships and develop a positive community among caregivers. The fact that we are adding movement is a bonuswith a focus on sneaky physical therapy to improve joint stability, strength, endurance, balance and coordination. We have introduced the concepts of GiGiFIT Adult and GiGiFIT Infant to caregivers of infants with Down syndrome. Recommended for Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Caregivers and their newborn.

GiGi’s Kitchen Kids

GiGi’s Kitchen is designed to emphasize the importance of health and wellness through nutrition education, kitchen safety, food preparation, social activities and a shared meal/snack. Under the guidance of program leaders, participants will learn about and progress through skills including measurements, food handling, knife skills, ingredient identification, palette expansion, and nutrition. Participants will be introduced to various cooking techniques. GiGi’s Kitchen program will build participants self-esteem and self-confidence through nutrition and wellness!  This program is recommended for ages 5-12.

GiGi’s Kitchen Teen

GiGi’s Kitchen is designed to emphasize the importance of health and wellness through nutrition education, kitchen safety, food preparation, social activities and a shared meal/snack. Under the guidance of program leaders, participants will learn about and progress through skills including measurements, food handling, knife skills, ingredient identification, palette expansion, and nutrition. Participants will be introduced to various cooking techniques. GiGi’s Kitchen program will build participants self-esteem and self-confidence through nutrition and wellness!  This program is recommended for ages 13-17.

GiGi's Kitchen Adult

GiGi’s Kitchen is designed to emphasize the importance of health and wellness through nutrition education, kitchen safety, food preparation, social activities and a shared meal/snack. Under the guidance of program leaders, participants will learn about and progress through skills including measurements, food handling, knife skills, ingredient identification, palette expansion, and nutrition. Participants will be introduced to various cooking techniques. GiGi’s Kitchen program will build participants self-esteem and self-confidence through nutrition and wellness!  This program is recommended for ages 18+