“It’s the Friends we meet along the way that help us appreciate the journey . . . . .”

Brett would like you to meet

some of his Playhouse friends….. They are so AWESOME!!



Joshua’s favorite GiGi’s program is LMNOP❤️.  He loves books!  Joshua’s favorite food is pasta (one of my favorite’s too!) and oatmeal.

Joshua’s friends and family call him Joshy😀. Joshua’s favorite part of GiGi’s “I love that I get to see all my friends with Down syndrome who have an extra Chromosome just like me!”



Dylan’s favorite program at GiGi’s is GiGiFit! Dylan loves Elmo and superheroes. His favorite hobbies include dancing and horseback riding.

Dylan’s favorite food is KitKat…(mom wishes it was something healthier, but….it is what it is). His nickname is Dilly (mom likes to call him Dilly Dill Pickle Face!) Dylan’s favorite thing about  GiGi’s is getting to spend time with his friends, (I agree, it is one of my favorite things about GiGi’s also). Dylan’s mom says with every new program comes a new adventure!



Colie’s favorite GiGi program is Dance Mania😀. Colie likes to color. Her favorite foods are calamari and chocolate, (I also like chocolate a lot, good answer)! Her real name is Nicole, Colie is her nickname❤️. Colie’s favorite part of GiGi’s is being around friends!



Adam really likes Dance Mania, but also likes Teentastic! (I agree with Adam that Dance Mania is a fun program, showing off our dance moves!!). Adam has a big collection of nerf guns and he loves having nerf wars with his family! His favorite food is goldfish crackers😀.

Adam doesn’t have a nickname, but his mom says lately he likes to tell people he is a ninja! He really likes GiGi’s because it’s the best place to make friends and to be accepted for who he is❤️.



Submitted by Brett Schatzman

GiGi’s Playhouse Phoenix Self-Advocate




  1. Colie on August 10, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    Thanks for doing this blog Brett. You are the best!!!!

    • Brett on August 11, 2021 at 2:04 pm

      Thank you Colie for helping me
      Your friend Brett
      P.S. Your picture is so fun!

  2. STEPHANIE GAGE on August 21, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    I love these! Who better to write about friendship than the Mayor of GiGi’s. Love that you are highlighting others. Some I know well and some are new to me. I look forward to meeting everyone when Kaitlyn and you return to our programs inside GiGi’s Playhouse and GiGi’s Studio Cafe! See you soon!

    • Brett on August 23, 2021 at 7:43 pm

      Thank you Stephanie Gage, you are so nice. I can’t wait to see my friends again (missing my Prom Queen Kaitlyn).
      It is fun to ask my friends questions!
      Friendship is very important to me

  3. Valere Schlesinger on October 4, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    I love it Brett! This is a fun blog to read and i love the pictures!

  4. Brett Schatzman on October 13, 2021 at 7:19 am

    Thank you😀 I like sharing my friends with everyone🤩

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