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GiGi’s Playhouse San Diego is One Year Old!

A snapshot of our first year!

  • 3,000+ Hours of programs offered
  • 139 families being served with new ones joining every month
  • 100+ Volunteers helping out
  • 12 programs rolled out with more coming within the next months including our Literacy Program that includes one on one tutoring

…All for FREE! No insurance, no qualifiers, just RSVP and show up!

Adults with Down Syndrome San Diego

Down Syndrome Programs San Diego

These are our current programs being offered:

All Ages:

Destination Discovery (launched in April 2018) – Supports the development of fine motor skills, gross motor skills, social skills and language through purposeful play and peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting. This program also brings families together to share experiences and build relationships. All ages welcome.

Open Play (launched in April 2018) – Promotes positive beginnings for new families, creates awareness opportunities for peers and friends while allowing families to network and support one another. Come ready for fun and a crazy good time! Open to all families of all ages.

Early Learners: 

LMNOP (launched in April 2018)  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. Recommended for ages newborn to 36 months.

Crawlers & Walkers (launched in February 2019) – Focuses on 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 focus on learning new words, following directions and interacting with peers. Recommended for 1-5-year-olds.

Leaps & Bounds (launched in April 2018) – This program promotes social, emotional, large and small muscle group development. Children will participate in fun and engaging activities that require movement and interaction with their environment.  Recommended for children ages 3-5 years old.

Music Therapy partnered with Resounding Joy (launched in October 2018) In partnership with Resounding Joy this program uses the power of music to reduces pain, increases joy and improves the lives of people of all ages. The music therapists are highly-trained professionals, who after graduating with an approved degree in music therapy, complete a 1,200-hour internship and complete a challenging national board certification test. This program also promotes development of language and social skills.

School Age Learners: 

Playhouse Pals (Launched in January 2019) – 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 & self-help skills. Recommended for 5-8-year-olds.

Art Explosion (launched in December 2018) – Provides hands-on experience with multiple art media and provides an outlet for individuals with Down syndrome to express themselves, build confidence and socialize with peers. Recommended for ages 8+.

Karate Kickers (launched in November 2018) – focuses on the development of balance, coordination, discipline, focus, attention, wellness and confidence through the basic foundational movements of karate and martial arts. Recommended for ages 8+.

Kids Club (launching April 20th) – Supports the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting. This program will also support gross motor skills through active games, fine motor and self-help skills through meal/snack preparation and activities. Recommended for 8-12-year-olds

Teens:

Teen Tastic (launched in December 2018) – 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. Recommended for ages 13-17-year-olds.

CrossFit partnered with CrossFit Humanity Gym A fitness program where coaches teach technique and formulate routines to help participants reach their goals and work on wellness while being be part of a supportive community! (Teens and Adults) 

Adults:

Fantastic Friends (launched June 2018) – A fun night out to facilitate social interactions between adults with Down syndrome, their peers and the community. Supports the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting. All adults welcome from ages 18 and up.

CrossFit partnered with CrossFit Humanity Gym A fitness program where coaches teach technique and formulate routines to help participants reach their goals and work on wellness while being be part of a supportive community! (Teens and Adults)

 What’s next?

San Diego Donut Run Down Syndrome GiGi's Playhouse

If you haven’t created your team, please do so! This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year that will allow us to continue to offer FREE programming for individuals with Down syndrome of all ages and their families. Each team that raises $321+ before May 1st will have their child’s picture displayed along the course! Register today!!

Sponsor San Diego Donut Run Down Syndrome GiGi's Playhouse

We are still looking for more sponsors – please ask your employers if they would be interested in becoming our sponsors!

San Diego Donut Run 2019 Down Syndrome  

 

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