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Posts Tagged ‘Down Syndrome’

The “Gift” of Friendship-GiGi’s Playhouse

The “Gift of Friendship” that GiGi’s Playhouse Phoenix offers is valued by our GiGi’s Families.  This blog was submitted by Marlene Schatzman, one of our GiGi’s Playhouse Phoenix Moms who expresses what GiGi’s Playhouse Phoenix means to her Family.     “As I sat at my computer drinking a cup of coffee, surfing the web,…

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Importance of early development and socialization

During the the first years of a child’s life, he or she goes through their most significant developmental changes. “…[T]hey achieve the basic physical, cognitive, language, social and self-help skills that lay the foundation for future progress, and these abilities are attained according to predictable developmental patterns. Children with Down syndrome typically experience delays in…

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teaching sensory play

What is ‘sensory play’? Sensory play, which can also be referred to as “messy play,” is simply play that encourages children to use one or more of their senses, including sight, sound, smell, touch, taste, balance and movement.  Sensory play appeals to children of all ages and is full of opportunities for language enrichment. Some…

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Reading and Down Syndrome–A Case Study

Reading is a vital life skill where doors, otherwise closed, will open up for individuals with Down syndrome in the workplace, schools and the community. Developing reading skills leads to improvements in speech and language development, auditory perceptual skills and working memory function. Meet Lexi: GiGi’s Playhouse participant, age 17. Lexi has been attending GiGi’s…

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A Note from the President…Welcome New Board Members!

One of my most favorite things about GiGi’s Playhouse is the people that I am able to interact with – the volunteers, donors, community members, participants and site coordinators too! I am honored to have accepted the role as President and look forward to gaining an intimate knowledge of all things GiGi’s! As summer is…

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GiGi’s Playhouse Language, Music N’ Our Peeps (LMNOP) Program (6-36 months old)

Join us at GiGI’s Playhouse Inc. for LMNOP at 10:30-11:30am on Tuesdays.  Language, Music N’ Our Peeps (LMNOP) guides parents and infants through learning basic sign languate and through incorporating music and dance therapy into daily activities to stimulate child.  Recommended for children 6-36 months old.  All programs at GiGi’s Playhouse are free of charge.…

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GiGi’s Playhouse-Leaps and Bounds Program (3-5 yrs.)

GiGi’s Playhouse Phoenix will launch the first Leaps and Bounds Program for children with Down syndrome ages 3-5 yrs. on February 20, 2016 from 10:00-11:00am.  This is a revised program designed to deliver purposeful activities, specifically for children ages three to five.  This program replaces the “Hop, Skip & Jumpers” program and includes more focused…

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GiGi’s Playhouse-Benefit Concert

On Thursday, February 18, 2016, plan to attend a benefit concert “Rock the Playhouse!” for GiGi’s Playhouse Phoenix starting at 6:00pm at the Rockbar!  Four Peaks Brewing Company, and music by Whiskey’s Quicker and Remy Dela Mora will be providing the refreshments and entertainment.  A $20.00 donation will get you in the door and you…

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GiGi’s Playhouse-Hop, Skip and Jumpers Program (3-5 yrs.)

On January 30, 2016, GiGi’s Playhouse will be offering the Hop, Skip, and Jumpers Program for children with Down syndrome, ages 3-5 yrs. of age at GiGi’s Playhouse.  The time for the program is 10:00-11:00am followed by Open Play from 11:00am-Noon. The Hop, Skip, and Jumpers Program promotes gross motor development through a variety of…

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GiGi’s Playhouse-Art Explosion Program (Ages 9+)

GiGi’s Playhouse is pleased to offer the Art Explosion Program for individuals with Down syndrome, ages 9+ years of age.  The program is scheduled for January 26, 2016 from 5:30-6:30pm at GiGi’s Playhouse located at 9160 E. Shea Blvd., Suite 103B, Scottsdale, AZ.  (Phone #: 480-451-7529).  This program provides a healthy creative outlet for individuals…

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