Below is a listing of Gigi's playhouse current programs that may assist with social or educational needs for your students at the high school level. As we expand over the next few years, our programming for teens and young adults will be a priority area for expansion.
GiGi’s Playhouse Tinley Park
16800 S. Oak Park Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60477
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Amina Grace Speech & Language Program – The GiGi’s Playhouse Amina Grace Speech and Language Program provides youth, teens and adults with greatly expanded opportunities to evolve and refine their speech and language skills in a 1-on-1 setting. Effective pronunciation, clarity of speech, word order and message meaning are paramount to fostering greater self-confidence, comprehension, problem-solving, school readiness, social skills, independence, and overall quality of life.
Literacy Tutoring – Each individual learns to read and develop 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.
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.
Teen Tastic – Teen Tastic 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. Our Teen Tastic program is recommended for ages 13-18 years old.
Fantastic Friends – Our Fantastic Friends program supports the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual fun setting. Along with their peers without Down syndrome, adult participants participate in the planning of activities so that group activities are based on personal interests. During Fantastic Friends, the group may participate in active games, dancing or exploring their local community by participating in outings and events. Fantastic Friends is recommended for ages 18 years and older.
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