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"Ben has participated at GiGi's Playhouse Rockford since 2011. He started participating in social activities, in part, to fill a void in his life when his twin brothers departed to Grad School. His involvement quickly escalated from Dance to Teen Tastics to the Literacy program, to Teen Time and finally to GF Cookers. Although Ben has very limited speech, he has found acceptance as he attends activities with a tag-a-long parent. Observing his activities at GiGi's has inspired us to implement similar activities at home. Following a pattern of reading by signing initiated in the Literacy Program, Ben has advanced two grade levels in reading. Self management life skills presented in Teen Time were brought home with the use of a sticker job chart. Now Ben willingly and consistently performs routine tasks as he accumulates one hundred stickers for a reward.  Currently Ben is using his reading and measuring skills to create healthy gluten free meals which are helping him maintain a healthy diet. GiGI's has been on a journey with us helping Ben achieve his full potential. We are thankful to the donors and volunteers who have made this journey possible. We look forward to participating in future programs which will allow Ben to use his current skills while developing new ones. Thank you GiGi's for your commitment to being a Playhouse where learning is enjoyable and sometimes tasty too! "
~With Gratitude, the Lenells

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"With the help of GiGi's Playhouse and their tutors, Sel and Shannon, Cayden made high honor roll at school. He has made some great achievements, such as:

  1. He has increased his reading level by one grade level in less than a year.
  2. He has increased his sight words by one grade level in less than a year.
  3. He is adding numbers together and writing down the answer.
  4. He is spelling words verbally and written.
  5. He loves coming to tutoring, where in the past he hated to read or do math.

I am so happy with his progress. His tutors have been awesome. They have encouraged him to meet all his goals. At this point, he has surpassed a lot of his goals, which were not expected to be met until April of next year, 2016.
~Lisa (Cayden's mother)

 

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This is about Gerry, who had Math and Literacy tutoring sessions back to back at the Playhouse.

Gerry has improved enormously in this tutoring session!  He can count independently up to 40.  His recognition of the numbers 1-20 is nearly perfect.  Concrete understanding of what the numbers represent has been firmly established.  Gerry responded very well with Hilary, his tutor.  They appear to have a great relationship.  He came in and sat down with her every time.  Last week, after he entered the door, he said, “I’m home.”  Both Hilary and I had to smile.  For me, that says it all.  He likes coming to GiGi’s to learn.  Thank you GiGi’s and thank you Hilary!

With the literacy tutoring, Gerry’s communication skills have improved.  He has come to understand the difference between things (nouns) and actions (verbs).  Letter recognition has also improved. Gerry responds well to learning activities which include the white board, finding words, and anything on the ipad.  Thank you Olivia!  You were enormously patient with waiting for Gerry to finish his “Os” in between his sessions.  Also considering you had him for the second hour of his two hour tutoring sessions, you were great.  I think Gerry did pretty good considering this.  He enjoyed the stories and activities you did with him.