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 and data-driven 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 public schools full-time.
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.