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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 continuous, 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.

specialty therapeutic-based programs overview

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

 

signature programs for all ages

Literacy Tutoring – Each individual learns to read and develops 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.  (hyperlink: insert your hyperlink page here).

 

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.

 

 

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 newborn-36 months.

 

Destination Discovery (Summer)– 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. Recommended for ages 4-8 years old.

 

Crawlers & 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 run together or separately depending on the need in each community. Recommended for ages 0-3 years old.
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. Recommended for ages 3-5 year olds.

 

programs for school-age children and teens

Kids’ Club (Summer) – 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 physical activities. Recommended for ages 9—12 years.

Teen Tastic – This group promotes friendships, social interaction, and communication through a variety of social activities, outings, and games for teens. Recommended for ages 13-18 years old.

Teen Time (Summer)–This popular program will focus on empowering teens by focusing on independent behaviors, physical activity, and self-confidence. Each session is filled with life skill opportunities, reading and math components (all with fun games), outdoor activities, and hands on learning experiences. Recommended for ages 13-19 years old.

Art Explosion (Everyone’s an Artisit) –This program provides hands on experience with multiple art media and provides an outlet for individuals with Down syndrome to express themselves, while building confidence and social skills. Suitable for ages 13 years old and up.

Karate Kickers –This program will focus on development of balance, focus, coordination, discipline, fitness, and confidence. There will be no physical contact between peers; participants may kick and punch pads. This class will be held at the Rockford Plaza and led by Jamie Potter, trained instructor with over 20 years experience. Recommended for ages 10-21 years old.

Fitness Fanatics –This program is designed to make health and wellness a fun escape. Together, we will work to set and achieve fitness goals. Recommended for ages 10-21 years old.

Cheer Gems – Cheer Gems is an active, energetic group focused on positivity and spirit. It provides a springboard for confidence and gives your child the opportunity to participate on a cheer squad while sharing experiences with their peers. Recommended for ages 9-25 years old.

Yoga – This program is specifically geared towards developing agility and focus in individuals with Down syndrome. This therapeutic hour will also include exercises for flexibility and strength on an individualized level. Recommended for ages 9 years and older.

programs for young adults and adults


E.P.I.C – A program for college age adults that focuses on giving back to the Playhouse and the community while promoting social skills. Recommended for ages 19-29 years old.

 

Art Explosion (Everyone’s an Artist) – This program provides hands on experience with multiple art media and provides an outlet for individuals with Down syndrome to express themselves, while building confidence and social skills. Recommended for ages 13 years and older.

 

Marvelous Mondays– Every Monday, the playhouse is open from 10-2 for adults with Down syndrome. They will learn & enhance adult life skills, such money concepts, social interaction, and housekeeping skills while building self-confidence. We also have fun making special crafts and gardening. Recommended for ages 18 years and older.

 

Fantastic Friday Friends – Our Fantastic Friday Friends program supports the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual fun setting. Our adult participants and their peers participate in the planning of activities so that group activities are based on personal interests. During Fantastic Friday Friends, the group may participate in active games, dancing or exploring their local community by participating in outings and events. Recommended for ages 18 years and older.

 

GF Cookers –Get Fit Cookers is a gluten free cooking class designed to teach individuals with Down syndrome to prepare healthy meals at home while encouraging social interaction and demonstrating beneficial life skills. Recommended for ages 18 years and older.

 

Karate Kickers –This program will focus on development of balance, focus, coordination, discipline, focus, fitness, and confidence. There will be no physical contact between peers; participants may kick and punch pads. This class will be held at the Rockford Plaza and led by Jamie Potter, trained instructor with over 20 years experience. Recommended for ages 10-21 years old.

 

Cheer Gems – Cheer Gems is an active, energetic group focused on positivity and spirit. It provides a springboard for confidence and gives your child the opportunity to participate on a cheer squad while sharing experiences with their peers. Recommended for ages 9-25 years old.

 

Yoga –This program is specifically geared towards developing agility and focus in individuals with Down syndrome. This therapeutic hour will also include exercises for flexibility and strength on an individualized level. Recommended for ages 9 years and older.

 

Fitness Fanatics –This program is designed to make health and wellness a fun escape. Together we will work to set and achieve fitness goals. Recommended for ages 10-21 years old.

 

GiGi University – GiGi U is a progressive learning program for adults with Down syndrome. This program teaches real world skills, fitness, nutrition, self-advocacy and self-confidence while providing opportunities for creative expression and career exploration. There are three progressive levels:

  • GiGi Prep
  • GiGi Academy
  • GiGi Internship

Recommended for adults 18 years and older with Down syndrome who possess a high school diploma or certificate. The ideal candidate is goal oriented and motivated to achieve a new level of personal success.

 

family parties and events

Parent Education Series –GiGi’s offers a variety of educational workshops for parents throughout the year. Speakers vary and topics range from potty training to sex education and much more.

Pre-Natal Diagnosis Support – GiGi’s offers accurate and positive information about Down syndrome to families who have just received a pre-natal diagnosis. Contact the Playhouse for more information.

Parking Lot Party –This event kicks off our summer programs with an evening of fun and friendship. This laid back party is a great time to relax, reconnect with families, and break out your dance moves.

Parties – Celebrate everything with participants at GiGi’s; Halloween, birthdays, Christmas, 4th of July, etc. See our calendar for more information.

Fundraising events  In order to provide free programs to our participants, GiGi’s has a variety of fundraising events such as the “I have a voice” Gala, “No Bull” Golf Outing, G-Force Run, Lemonade Days, and Bookfair.

Some of our programs are ongoing and others occur on a seasonal basis. Check our calendar for more information on program schedules.

 

 

 

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