Blog #161~Adult Day Program Update
Nick turned 22 years old in February and aged out of public school. He now attends an adult developmental training day program. The program has many enriching and structured activities. The structure is essential for my son who has both Down syndrome and autism. Here is an update on what big guy has been doing in this program.
Each week his group goes on several community trips. This fall, they have gone to various parks, shopping, the library and pumpkin farm. The group plans their grocery lists of items needed for cooking and goes shopping on Wednesdays. Thursdays are cooking days along with gardening. Each day includes instructional learning and recreational activities. Once a month, the association celebrates birthdays and holidays, with parties and luncheons. On Fridays, he participates in volunteer jobs in the community. These jobs include cleaning and stuffing church bulletins, organizing at a local food pantry, and recently working at GiGi’s Playhouse.
What is GiGi’s Playhouse?
GiGi’s Playhouse is a one-of-a-kind achievement center for individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community. GiGi’s Playhouse offers more than 25 therapeutic and educational programs that advance literacy, math skills, motor skills and more; all of which are free of charge. All programs are based on best practices for Down syndrome learning styles, and customized to ensure individual success. GiGi’s Playhouse actually serves infants through adults. GiGi’s Playhouse is headquartered in Hoffman Estates, IL; with 15 locations throughout the United States and Mexico, with more opening soon.
Nick participated in GiGi’s Playhouse activities when he was younger. It’s nice to see that he has come full circle, by doing volunteer work here, as a young adult. Check out the photos of Nick in action…….
Nick working at GiGi’s Playhouse, Fox Valley location…
Taking a snack break after working hard…..
Nick takes great pride in helping out in his community jobs, around the venue of his adult day program, and at home, as well. He looks forward to going to his adult day program, that provides a safe environment, along with a warm and caring staff. As Nick’s mom, that gives me great comfort knowing that he is contributing to society and happy in his young adult life. That’s what is in my noggin this week.
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