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Meet our NEW GiGi’s Playhouse Wausau Board President!

How and when did you first get involved with GiGi’s Playhouse? I first became involved with GiGi’s Playhouse in March of 2021. In early 2021, I heard GiGi’s Playhouse being advertised on the radio, and I was intrigued by the organization as I had not heard of it before, so...
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Programming, Friends, and the Community!

As many of us wind down from World Down Syndrome Day celebrations we encourage you to continue celebrating your loved one with Down syndrome and spreading community awareness each and every day!  Our Fantastic Friends group continued their celebration and awareness this last Sunday during programming. We have an amazing...
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Because of YOU…

As we come upon 3-21, one of most significant days in the GiGi’s community and in the lives of those we serve, we cannot help but be grateful to all our supporters. Whether it be monetary, in-kind, or volunteering your time and talents at the Playhouse, it is all important...
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Big Changes at GiGi’s Playhouse Wausau!

Please join us in congratulating Erica Erdman in her new role at GiGi’s Playhouse Wausau as our Playhouse Manager, starting February 28!   Erica has been an active member of our Wausau team for over five years as a key volunteer, from organizing the start-up committee to leading the Board.  She...
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February is all things HEARTS!

February is American Heart Month which reminds us to take care of our hearts and consider potential risk factors. The week of February 7th through the 14th is  recognized specifically as Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week!  For many of our families this is a special and often hard reminder of...
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Adam & Brianna, A Story of Love!

  Our world is full of misconceptions, especially when it comes to individuals with Down syndrome. GiGi's Playhouse mission is to change the way an individual with Down syndrome is perceived through education, awareness, and the Generation G campaign. One of the many misconceptions is that adults with Down syndrome...
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GiGi’s Playhouse & The Significance of Be Kind to Humankind Week!

In late August of 2021, GiGi’s Playhouse Wausau Youth Board participated in the global celebration of Be Kind to Humankind Week (BK2HK). The founder, Lorraine Jara, found inspiration to create this week-long holiday after a tragic incident in her hometown. There had been a boating accident, and two young men...
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Let’s Meet Missy, GiGi’s Self-Advocate!

Let's learn a little about Missy, our Self-Advocate and Board Member! What is your favorite thing about the GiGi’s community?                                                             ...
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Why GiGi’s Playhouse…Meet Desta!

Volunteers are vital to the operation and success of a Playhouse!  We are so grateful for their dedication to participants and want to share a little about Desta! I have been a life long educator and have continued to look for ways to help others in my community after I...
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Inspiration, Community & Recognition!

We are so excited to announce County Land & Title, LLC as our 2021 Partner of the Year! This award recognizes a GiGi’s Playhouse Wausau partner that displays a commitment to the support and growth of the Playhouse and the many families and volunteers that enter.  This partner celebrates those...
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Finding the Perfect Purposeful Holiday Gift!

The holidays are a wonderful time for making memories and spending time with your children. If you’re the parent or friend or relative of a child with special needs, you know the struggle of finding the right gift…something that has purpose for your child whether educational, therapeutic, or even social....
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Sensory Strategies for the Holidays

The holidays can be an overwhelming time for everyone! From a sensory standpoint, the nervous system has to be able to organize information from all of the sensory systems (there are actually eight sensory systems!) to be able to respond to it appropriately. In general terms, this is called sensory...