SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -- A Sioux City organization that helps families affected by Down Syndrome celebrates its first year today.
GiGi's Playhouse is a non-profit awareness and activity center providing support and programs that encourage children and adults to explore their talents and work on development.
Literacy has been a focal point over the past year. GiGi's found a method to teach children with Down Syndrome to read by putting words into categories.
Those involved at GiGi's say they're grateful to have a place to come together.
Amanda Westerhold, Board member at GiGi's House said, "When you have someone in your family that has something that's different, it's just nice to know other people and what their experiences have been, and it gives you hope that you might get through any challenge or success you may face."
Right now there are six GiGi's Playhouses in the Midwest.
GiGi's is funded through local grants and support from the community.