ABCs by Patrick

At our 2022 Gala, we had the pleasure of having Patrick Gulbranson as our speaker.  Patrick is from Stuart, Iowa, is a 2008 graduate of Waukee High School in Waukee,…

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2022 Gala Awards

Every year we take some time to recognize a few volunteers and/or participants at the annual Gala and this year was no different. At GiGi’s Playhouse volunteers and participants are…

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Jack Out of the Box

Jack’s speech sessions took a jump out of the box by trying an alternative/augmentative communication (AAC) system with a participant whom many did not think was ready. AAC is not…

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Summer 2022 Programming

Summer 2022 Session-Based Programming What does session-based mean? Session-based programs are programs that are set to meet several weeks in a row. You register for the entire session with the…

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Bubbles & Bananas!

BUBBLES Leah had a best of all moment when we were working on oral motor exercises.  Oral motor skills are hard, but bubbles are amazing.  The ability to purse your…

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Shark Teeth

SHARK TEETH In working with Leah during a recent Speech and Language session, a major breakthrough happened when we called her smile, “shark teeth”.  This was while working in a…

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Dancing Shoes

We ALL put on our dancing shoes earlier this spring! This spring we had two fantastic dance programs for our participants. First, Arthur Murray dance studios sent Wesley and Aime…

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Don’t pack it up!

Not that World Down Syndrome Day has come and gone for another year, you’re probably packing up your fun, colorful, crazy socks for them to be pulled out again next…

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“It was refreshing!”

A new math one-on-one tutor has been very excited and nervous about working with his first participant. Knowing she was only 3 was also exciting and nerve-racking. After watching all…

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