Inclusion in neighbourhood schools
Giant Steps strongly believes in the importance of both specialized, structured autism intervention programs and inclusion with typically developing children in their schools and communities. Supported inclusion in local schools is an integral part of the Giant Steps program.
After a period of intensive training at Giant Steps, our students are slowly integrated into their local schools with the support of a Giant Steps Program Assistant and the consulting services of the full team.
Our Program Assistants are specially trained to understand the child’s unique needs and implement academic, communication, sensory, social and behavioural strategies to facilitate successful participation in the classroom.
Giant Steps’ teachers play an important role, meeting with their teachers to assist them in achieving our kids’ IEPs by providing educational strategies, modifying approaches to learning and maximizing their integration with typically developing peers.
When special needs arise, consultations with our therapists and visits to our kids’ classrooms target issues in specific developmental areas and assist in the implementation of therapeutic strategies to optimize the child’s functioning in the classroom.
“Having Diana in my classroom and the support of Giant Steps has taught us so much. The students became enlightened to her learning style and were happy to socialize and interact with Diana who adapted to our class and joined in most tasks. I learned how to communicate with and integrate a student with autism which was new for me. We look forward to her being a part of our class again next year here at Stonehaven Elementary School.”