As our Playhouses grow, so do our program offerings. Each GiGi’s Playhouse is unique and offers a variety of educational and therapeutic programs to meet the needs of their families and their community. Signature programs follow the same structure and curriculum at each location, providing purposeful progressions by supporting our youngest learners through adulthood. Specialty programs provide for some customization at each location, to foster the ongoing development of new programs, serve specialized local needs and tap into local talents.
best of all
Best of All is continual, measurable, celebrated and it never ends. It is a daily challenge to do a little better than you did the day before and it is always celebrated. Possible manifestations include standing just one second longer, reading just one more word, learning just one new number, taking just one more step, it’s never a competition and is never completed.
Signature programs for all ages
Destination Discovery – 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 causal and fun setting. This program also brings families together to share experiences and build relationships.
1-on-1 Speech & Language Program – The GiGi’s Playhouse 1-on-1 Speech and Language Program provides youth, teens and adults with greatly expanded opportunities to evolve and refine their speech and language skills. Effective pronunciation, clarity of speech, word order and message meaning are paramount to fostering greater self-confidence, comprehension, problem-solving, school readiness, social skills, independence, and overall quality of life.
Literacy Tutoring – Each individual learns to read and develop literacy skills at a different pace. The GiGi’s Literacy Program builds a foundation in sight word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension, phonics and articulation through one-on-one literacy tutoring adapted to fit the learning style of individuals with Down syndrome. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Click here for more information.
Math Tutoring – Math Tutoring Program is designed to promote a positive experience of learning math and to develop a foundation of basic number understanding and real world math. These skills go beyond addition and subtraction and include telling time, fractions, money, and other concepts taught in the classroom. This multisensory program incorporates proven methodology from professionals in the field of special education. Catering to children of all ages and skill levels, the GiGi’s Math curriculum helps students with school preparedness, maintain grade level mathematics, and gain important skills for independence. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Click here for more information.
Signature programs for early learners
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 using music and language based activities. LMNOP is recommended for ages 6-36 months.
Crawlers and Walkers – An interactive and engaging program for children who are learning to move and explore their world and their family members. We support 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 a focus on learning new words, following directions, and interacting with peers. These two programs can be ran together or separately depending on the need in each community. Our Crawler & Walker programs are recommended for ages 1-5 year olds.
Leaps & Bounds – This program focuses on the development of large and small muscle groups. Children will participate in fun and engaging activities that require movement and interaction with their development. Our Leaps & Bounds program is recommended for ages 3-5 year olds.
Signature programs for school-age children and teens
Playhouse Pals – 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 and self-help skills. Our Playhouse Pals program is recommended for ages 6-8 years old.
Kids Club – This program is designed to support the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting! Kids Club supports gross motor skills through active games, fine motor and self- help skills through meal/snack preparation and activities. Our Kids Club program is recommended for 8—12 year olds.
Teen Tastic – Teen Tastic focuses on building social skills with friends 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. Our Teen Tastic program is recommended for ages 13-18 years old.
Signature programs for young adults and adults
Fantastic Friends – Our Fantastic Friends program supports the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual fun setting. Along with their peers without Down syndrome, adult participants participate in the planning of activities so that group activities are based on personal interests. During Fantastic Friends, the group may participate in active games, dancing or exploring their local community by participating in outings and events. Fantastic Friends is recommended for ages 18 years and older.
GiGi University – The GiGi University progressive learning programs are designed to motivate adults with Down syndrome to achieve their highest potential in the world through goal-development and small group skills instruction, physical fitness, nutrition and exceptional work opportunities. Recommended for adults age 18 and up. Click here for more information .
GiGi Prep– GiGi Prep is a progressive learning program for adults, compromised of modular programs that are 6-8-weeks in length that encompass Confident U, Healthy U, and Whole U.
- Career Prep –GiGi Prep has an emphasis on building communication skills, money management, customer service skills, team building and wellness. GiGi Career Prep is designed for individuals aspiring to enroll in our GiGi Career Academy. Adults will meet with a program leader prior to start of the program for an interview.
- P.I.C.: Empowerment, Participation, Independence and Community– The EPIC adult program provides opportunities for socialization and community involvement, while creating a fun and memorable experience for its participants. Participants work on vocational, communication, and social skills to boost confidence and encourage independence through goal oriented objectives.
- TEAM: Teaching Exercise, Activity and Movement–Promotion of healthy life-style, peer interaction and independence. The program is divided into equal time devoted to nutrition, meal prep, exercise, and a meal prepared that day.
GiGi Career Academy– A progressive learning programs for adults, compromised of a 12-week instructional program, aspiring for an internship within Hugs & Mugs. GiGi Academy is designed to motivate adults with Down syndrome to achieve their highest potential in the real world with emphasis on interviewing, money management, public speaking, customer service, computer skills, team building and wellness. The ideal candidate will be highly goal-oriented and motivated to achieve a new level of personal success.
GiGi’s Internship Opportunities– The GiGi’s Internship Opportunities provide GiGi University graduates with an 18-week internship to practice and master career skills. Throughout this internship, interns receive individualized, hands-on training applicable to a variety of work experiences in the community. Training focuses on the development of customer service skills, professional communication skills and work behaviors, computer skills and much more! At the conclusion of the internship, interns receive referrals to potential fields of employment, based on their strengths and interests-all with goal of partnering with the family to help interns obtain community-based employment.
Hugs & Mugs– creates gifts from the heart: personalized mugs printed with artwork and photos-your design or ours-you choose! Adults from GiGi University will be involved in running ALL aspects of the business.
specialty therapeutic-based programs
GiGi’s Playhouse specialty programs have been developed by local Playhouses to meet the needs in each community. Each of these programs offers purposeful play through specific goals and identified outcomes through components such as:
- affective development
- attention development
- cognitive development
- family involvement
- fine motor development
- gross motor development
- parent education
- physical development
- social development
- speech and language development
Check with your local GiGi’s Playhouse for specialty programs they offer.
programs for all ages
Daddy & Me
programs for early learners
2 & Under– 0 to 24 months
New Parents Group – pre-natal diagnosis to 12 months of age
Preschool Prep – 24 to 48 months of age
Special Olympics Young Athletes™ – 2½ to 7 years old
Music Class– 3-5 years old
Little Fingers, Big Plans – 3-6 years old
Skill Builders – 3 years old and up
Kindergarten Prep – 5-6 years old
New Caregivers Group
programs for early learners
Busy Hands, Bigger Plans – 4-7 years old
Cheer Gems – 4-16 years old
Creative Exploration – 4-8 years old
Homework Hoopla – school aged children
1-on-1 Handwriting – 5 and up
Backpack Buddies – 5-11 years old
Dance – 6 years old and up
Super Sibs – siblings age 6 to 13 years old
Karate Kickers – 8 years old and up
Tennis – 8 years old and up
Music In Motion– 9-14 years old
Art Explosion – 9 years old and up
Cooking Club – 10 – 18 years old
Friends, Fun & Fitness – 11-21 years old
Teen Drama Troupe – 13 – 17 years old
Teen Tech– 13-18 years old
Teen Time Camp – 13-19 years old
programs for young adults and adults