At Giant Steps we believe that a coordinated, comprehensive approach of specialized academics, therapies and inclusion best meets the complex learning needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Using a wide variety of best practices, therapists from our core therapy programs – speech, occupational and behaviour therapies – work together with our Special Education teachers and Program Assistants. Students receive individualized programs of academics, therapies and behavioural intervention from Monday to Friday throughout the school year. Functional play, social and life skill development are an integral focus of all our programming.
After a period of attending Giant Steps full-time, children spend parts of their school week in their local schools with typically developing peers. Their successful participation there is facilitated by the one-on-one support of a Giant Steps Program Assistant and the consulting services of the full Giant Steps team. Our long-term goal is to integrate children with autism back into their local schools full-time.
Inclusion and transfer of learned skills to a variety of environments is an important focus of the Giant Steps program. Programming includes frequent community outings where our students practise social, academic, recreational and life skills with the support of the Giant Steps team. An evening sports and recreational skill development program, open to the community, prepares children with autism for inclusion in school and community programs.