Rating: 5 stars   1 review 111

Issues: Mental Health

Location: 1069 W Golf Rd Hoffman Estates IL 60169 USA

Mission: Through educational programs and activities, GiGi''s strives to inspire and educate new parents, families and the community at large to see the limitless potential of individuals with Down syndrome. All GiGi''s Playhouse programs are FREE to everyone!
Programs: Our Literacy program, based on documented research, teaches individuals with Down syndrome how to read, the way that they learn best. We also have age appropriate theraputic programs which focus on various skills including fine and gross motor, speech and language, and social skills development. Each of these programs incorporate play-based therapy. The result of this skill development is higher self esteem for both parent and child!
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2 people found this review helpful

When our daughter was diagnosed at birth with DS, I knew little and was very afraid and heartbroken. A nurse introduced me to a calendar that this organization put together. It showed kids with DS dressed up as firemen, businessmen, princesses, football players, ballerinas, etc. and it was a turning point for us, showing us it was okay to dream. Not sure what I would have done without them.

After a week in the NICU, we stopped by here and they congratulated us on our child and made us feel at home. Through out the time since then they have regularly organized classes, group therapies, playtime for the kids (meet Santa, etc.) and a chance for parents to network and learn from each other. I learned so much from the parents that saved me hundreds of hours of reading and research on topics like estate planning, navigating early intervention, transitions into schools, best and worst doctors,etc.

This is an awareness center and a support group that changes lives of families and people who have DS for the better. Best charity I have ever come to know!

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As mentioned above, they changed our outlook on life and helped us get over the grief and into an awesome life

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Get them to open up on the West Coast. I moved to Ventura County CA and I miss them, nothing like it out here.

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