Provides free resources, specialized teaching, and support to individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community.
Kankakee County Only
FANTASTIC FRIENDS - 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.
- 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: 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: This program promotessocial, 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.
FREE 1:1 Literacy and 1:1 Math programs are specifically designed for individuals with Down syndrome ages 3 through adulthood. Trained volunteers teach along purposeful progressions that build confidence and mastery. Families attend each lesson and leave with practical activities to continue learning at home.
GiGiFIT - Focuses on improving areas of fitness through activities in strength, endurance, joint stability, balance, movement control and more. GiGiFIT promotes wellness through nutrition, pushing through barriers and building self-confidence. - GiGiFIT Adult recommended for ages 18+ - GiGiFIT Teen recommended for ages 13-17 - GiGiFIT Infant, recommended for infants to pre-walking - Coming SOON: GiGiFIT Kid, GiGiFIT Toddler, and GiGiFIT You & I programs.
School Age Learners
PLAYHOUSE PALS - Supportsthe 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. KID'S CLUB - Supportsthe 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 skillsthrough meal/snack preparation and activities. Recommended for 8-12-year-olds.
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. Recommended for ages 13-17-year-olds.
Last Updated: 12/10/2019 at 05:46 PM