Marklund clients to perform their Holiday Spectacular

By on December 12, 2010

GENEVA—In celebration of the holidays, Marklund’s Developmental Training Program presents its Holiday Spectacular at 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14, in the multipurpose room at Marklund Hyde Center, 1S450 Wyatt Dr., Geneva. Development training clients will perform a medley of scenes from holiday plays.

The program is free and the public is invited. Children are also welcome to attend. Following the performance, the audience is invited to meet the cast and enjoy refreshments.

Marklund provides compassionate care of infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities.

The performance is modified creatively for Marklund’s clients to provide maximum participation with the use of adaptive devices such as switches and augmentive communication tools that provide extraordinary tactile and audible feedback to people living with developmental disabilities. Also, participation is enhanced by singing and playing musical instruments.

Performing provides Marklund clients a sense of normalcy and a feeling of pride and accomplishment. Each enjoys feeling part of something fun and meaningful, and performing provides valuable experience with talking devices, voices and standing devices.

“The Holiday Spectacular shows the true dedication of Marklund clients and staff,” said Vicki Reyes, certified occupational therapy assistant. “I’m truly touched by the amount of heart that is invested into the play and the hundreds of smiles that are a result. Every year, the production gets bigger. Enthusiasm runs high as everyone puts in tireless effort and dedication to make the play a success.”

“This show is a great opportunity for our friends and neighbors to see what great actors our clients are,” said Vicki Krystof, director of development at Marklund. “The audience can experience how Marklund believes in our clients’ artistic capabilities and how we work to see them succeed in all areas, including a holiday production. This is one play that will bring the holiday spirit and sincere smiles to the audience as well as to our clients.”

For more information, call Krystof at (630) 593-5482 or go to