Giant Steps is very proud of our graduates who have attained many skills and are thriving as contributing members of their families, schools and communities.
Where are they now?
Mikayla is currently in Grade 8. While many days still present themselves with challenges, her mother reports that it was the hard work of her teacher, program assistants and therapists at Giant Steps that prepared her so thoroughly for the transition to her neighbourhood school where she has been the recipient of the “Yes I Can” Award.
Mikayla has many interests and loves to swim and skate, and participate in Hip-Hop and Zumba classes. She enjoys reading and going to the library, and claims that one day she would like to be an author. Lately, she has become very interested in movies and loves to share all sorts of facts about actors and movie theme songs.
Although being on the autism spectrum continues to pose challenges academically and socially, Derek’s personality and perseverance help him to work through it.
Derek’s graduated from high school as an Ontario Scholar and has won a number of other awards for academics and citizenship. He is attending Ryerson University, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. An avid sports fan, Derek plays house league hockey and enjoys going to movies regularly.
Nathan cannot speak, has a rare auditory processing disorder and daily seizures. Despite these immense challenges, Nathan now lives weekdays in his own home with support. The communication system of picture symbols and schedules established at Giant Steps in his early years are now on his iPad and he participates in many community activities including swimming, skating and horse care. His family has worked very hard to maximize Nathan’s independence and they attribute much of his success to the many foundation skills he learned at Giant Steps.
Stefan is 18 years old and although he continues to face challenges at school and in the community, his positive attitude and friendly demeanour help him get through each day. He’s now a Grade 12 student at his local high school, and enjoys skating, swimming, working out, going to the movies and listening to music. His parents attribute much of his success to the skills he acquired with the help of the dedicated staff and teachers at Giant Steps.