At Giant Steps, we recognize that every student has their own interests, abilities and challenges. We respect their individuality, build upon their strengths and celebrate every accomplishment. Read about some Our Students and Our Graduates, and what our families say as Families Speak Out.
9 year-old William is a very social boy who loves to greet both peers and adults alike. He has made great gains at Giant Steps, now reading leveled books, writing sentences and telling time. He is even learning French in his neighbourhood public school which he attends with our support 3 ½ days/week.
Through OT sessions at Giant Steps, William is working hard on his independent dressing skills and in speech therapy, he is using a pacing board that is helping him speak with longer and clearer sentences. He has done extremely well in our skating program, now moving quickly around the rink on his own.
We anticipate lots more gains ahead for William!
12 year-old Shane is a Grade 7 student who attends his home school with our support 5 mornings a week. Shane is proficient at using technology in his curriculum work and he has a strong sight word vocabulary. He is working on formulating his thoughts using charts and webs when creating writing passages.
With our Occupational Therapist, Shane is working on his strength and endurance to improve his participation in physical education classes and recess activities. He independently reaches out to his peers to socialize and is highly motivated to interact with them. Using the Zones of Regulation program, Shane is proficient at identifying emotions and he is learning strategies to maintain a state of calm.
Way to go Shane!
Grade 4 student Connor uses an iPad with the Proloquo2Go app to express his wants and need and participate in writing activities. He has learned to follow 2 step directions and understand “Wh” questions. He has shown great improvement in his reading skills, in telling time, and in setting up and following a daily schedule.
Our behavior therapist is helping Connor improve his abilities to work independently, and in OT, he is learning independence with meal-related routines. Our office staff love Connor’s visits and the “How are you?”, “I’m fine” and “See you later alligator” he types on his iPad to our staff.
We are excited to report that Connor will soon be spending time in his local school with the support of a Giant Steps Program Assistant!