At Giant Steps, it’s all about enabling kids with autism – building the skills and abilities of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and enabling their meaningful participation in their families, schools and communities.
Giant Steps is a school and therapy centre for elementary school-aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Established in 1995 by parents and professionals, and modelled on the Giant Steps program in Montreal, we are a registered charitable non-profit organization.
The Giant Steps Approach
Here at Giant Steps, we are passionate about improving the lives of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. We believe that a coordinated, comprehensive approach of specialized academics, therapies and inclusion best meets the complex learning needs of children with ASD.
Tailored to each student’s needs, our programs include academics, speech therapy, behaviour therapy, occupational therapy, and daily living and play/social skills training. After a period of intensive intervention, students are integrated gradually into their local schools. There they spend part of their school week with typically developing peers, supported by a Giant Steps Program Assistant and the consulting services of the Giant Steps team.
Our long-term goal is to integrate children with autism into their neighbourhood schools full-time.
Giant Steps’ approach to autism intervention is made possible through an innovative partnership with the York Region District School Board. The Board supplies our site, funds our academic program and provides transportation for our students to Giant Steps and their inclusion schools.