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What is Down syndrome?

Down syndrome is a genetic disorder that occurs when a person has an extra partial or full chromosome 21. There are three types of down syndrome including Trisomy 21 (Nondisjuction), Mosaicism Down syndrome, and Translocation Down syndrome. These terms refer to the different errors in cell division that result in...
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GiGi’s Playhouse Wausau Year in Review…What an Amazing Year!

2022 was a year of growth, achievements, and lots of hard work by volunteers, participants, and staff!  So much happened, many being firsts but defintely not lasts.  Among all the fun events, family parties at the Playhouse or in the community we cannot forget all the achievements made by participants...
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Holiday Gift Giving with a Purpose!

Don’t forget that offering experiences can a great gift that lasts throughout the year. A pass to swim at a local indoor pool during winter, a pass to the childrens museum; try skating at Greenheck Field House (they have red gliders for those who don’t skate to push on the...
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Destination Discovery Programming November Highlight

Missed out on Destination Discovery programming this month? No problem! Here is a sneak peek of one of the turkey themed activities that participants did this month! Feel free to try this activity at home. Better yet - send GiGi’s Wausau pictures of your family doing this fun activity together!...
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Development, Inspiration, Growth, and Awards at National Conference

  2022 GiGi’s National Leadership Conference Every November, GiGi’s dedicates almost a week of training and development for our national network of Playhouses through the National Leadership Conference. This year, close to 60 Playhouse locations including many startups joined together for networking and learning opportunities related to our mission. Although...
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Growing Confidence with GiGi’s Seed to Sale!

I love plants. Like really, really love them. I love planting and growing them; watering and weeding them. I love the variety of colors and textures they come in. I love that they feed our pollinators and birds. And yes, I definitely love eating them too! But I didn’t always...
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Our Family Story-Life With Annalisa

Our journey with Annalisa started out as a bit of a nightmare with her extensive heart defects. She lived her whole first year with an oxygen tank accompanying her everywhere that she had to go. She underwent one heart operation at 3 months of age and then a major reconstruction...
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Welcome Pa Houa Lee to Wausau’s Board of Managers!

Tell us a little about yourself (family, employment, how you spend your free time, etc.). I am a refugee.  I was born in the Ban Vinai refugee camp in Thailand and raised in America. My sponsors were from the east coast and that was where I began my journey as a Hmong American...
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What Exactly is Best of All?

You may be a parent, volunteer or simply someone who follows the Playhouse on social media and have seen us share a moment captured during programming that we call a Best of All.  So, what exactly is a Best of All you ask… It is continual, measurable, celebrated and it...
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Summer Fun…Therapy in Disguise!

For any therapy to be affective you don’t have to go to a medical provider or do boring exercises!  Like many GiGi’s programs, therapy can be fun, creative, and purposeful!  Check out these 2 colorful options put together by our very own PT, Leslie, that you can do outside on...
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Welcome Michael Kuklinski, MD to Wausau’s Board of Managers!

Tell us a little about yourself (family, employment, how you spend your free time, etc.). I was born and raised in the Fox Valley and am “annoyingly proud” of being a Wisconsinite (or so say all my friends who are not from Wisconsin). Growing up, my two loves where sports...
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Our Journey with GiGi’s Playhouse Wausau

Three years later… Last month we celebrated my son’s 4th birthday and World Down Syndrome Day. Nathan is still an extraordinary little boy who loves to laugh and smile. So, what has changed since I wrote my first blog post for GiGi’s Playhouse Wausau three years ago? So much! Now...