Giant Steps is a therapy centre that builds the skills and abilities of children with autism through specialized, evidence-based therapies and life skills programming

Our Programs

Giant Steps’ programs & the COVID-19 pandemic

A strong belief in the critical importance of in-person learning for children with special needs, a commitment to the health and safety of our children and staff, and careful adherence to provincial and local health regulations guide our policies and programming during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Giant Steps requires all our staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to provide documentation of vaccination.

Children who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide documentation of vaccination prior to admission to the program.

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We approach our therapies and programming through the lens of the Essential For Living (EFL) framework, so that we may achieve our thematic functional outcomes that are meaningful and socially significant for each child.

Essential for Living (EFL) is a communication, behaviour, and functional skills curriculum, assessment, and skills-tracking tool for children and youth with complex needs. EFL targets skills and behaviours within 7 domains/areas that are essential for effective daily living, and which result in a greater degree of independent functioning and improved quality of life.

There are 8 essential skills which have been identified as ‘must have’ skills and these are the central focus of this curriculum. EFL is based on an extensive body of knowledge over the last 50 years by a vast number of researchers from the fields of applied behaviour analysis, child psychology, disability studies, education, precision teaching/direct instruction, psychology, special education, and speech-language pathology.


Giant Steps provides a later start program to enable children to attend their schools in the morning and Giant Steps in the afternoon and after school hours. 

Each child receives weekly 1:1 therapy sessions in each discipline (ABA, OT, Speech & Language) that are scheduled into the following program framework: