16 Nov, 2018

Gigi’s Playhouse


Gigi's Playhouse @ JCC BrooklynGigi’s Playhouse is an organization created in 2002 by Nancy Gianna. Nancy gave birth to herdaughter Gigi, who had been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. This then turned into Nancyopening the very first Playhouse which was created to be a dedicated place for families tocelebrate their child and [...]

Gigi’s Playhouse2018-11-17T17:06:06+00:00
15 Aug, 2018

Addy & Uno


Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending an off-Broadway showing of Addy & Uno at the Kirk Theatre on theatre row in NYC. I attended on behalf of PunkinFutz and I’m so happy I did! The show is promoted as “the first family musical about disability, kindness and friendship.” I think [...]

Addy & Uno2018-09-07T22:01:26+00:00
4 Feb, 2018

What’s so important about play?


By definition, child creative play is child-led. It is a series of choices and constructs initiated by the child. The desire to play to not unique to humans; it is observed across diverse species throughout evolution.[1] According to Dr. Doris Bergen,[2] as reported in the Journal of Early Childhood Research and Practice:[3] [...]

What’s so important about play?2018-02-17T18:28:42+00:00
21 Nov, 2016

Saying Thank You


“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” -- Marcus Tullius Cicero When my daughter was young, we had an interaction we would repeat any time she had to deal with unpleasant medical tests or procedures. I would say to her, “What’s our FIRST priority?” [...]

Saying Thank You2018-02-17T18:28:46+00:00
5 Nov, 2016

Scheduling Fun


The first time I heard it, it sounded ridiculous. How do you schedule FUN? You can’t force fun, it either happens or it doesn’t. But what I’ve learned is, it’s much more likely to happen if there’s room for it. So, I scheduled Fun Adventure Friday. Every Friday, I pick Buster [...]

Scheduling Fun2018-02-17T18:28:48+00:00
3 Oct, 2016

What is PunkinFutz?


  When our son was fitted with orthotics, I asked the doctor why they weren’t more colorful. Why couldn’t they look like super hero gear? He laughed and said they should. But they didn’t. They looked like sterile torture devices. I started noticing similar things. Overwhelmingly, mobility assistive devices (wheelchairs, walkers, [...]

What is PunkinFutz?2018-02-17T18:28:50+00:00