Impaired communication is one of the hallmarks of ASD and 50% of children with autism are non-verbal. Successful functional communication is a primary focus of the Giant Steps program.
Giant Steps students participate in individual speech therapy sessions with our Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP). Our SLP assesses each student’s abilities and methods of communicating, and formulates an individualized communication plan. These plans are implemented by our SLP and often combine visual strategies, such as the use of sign language and picture symbols, with those that focus on verbal expression and articulation. For non-verbal children, strategies using the Picture Exchange Communication System, augmentative communication devices, iPads and other forms of technology are developed and expanded.
TD Securities Underwriting Hope Fund is the major sponsor of our speech therapy program.
We thank them for helping us give children with autism a voice!
"Communication challenges are one of the central hallmarks of Autism Spectrum Disorder. My objective is to provide practical, theoretically sound, evidence-based therapy. I see the progress of our students on a daily basis, both in the therapy room and in our classrooms. Particularly with non-verbal children, it is important to hear what isn’t being said, and whether it is through the use of an iPad or other augmentative communication device, the PECS system, or verbally, all our students experience empowerment in their communication skills. This translates into greater success in their daily lives at home, in their communities, and within the school setting."
Nomce (Nick) Trposki
Speech and Language Pathologist at Giant Steps