Licensed Therapeutic Day School

Click on each of the therapies to learn more about them.


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Giant Steps is currently designated as a therapeutic day school in the state of Illinois, licensed and certified to exclusively serve students with a primary diagnosis of autism.  Each student’s program is individualized and driven by the goals developed in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

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Occupational Therapy aims to increase a student’s overall level of independence.  Through the use of sensory regulation techniques, as well as accommodations for the student’s unique learning style,  Occupational Therapists help the students at Giant Steps to function at regulated state of arousal.  By achieving this regulated state of arousal, the Occupational Therapists can enhance the Student’s fine motor and gross motor skills as they relate to functional and academic tasks.

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Speech and language therapy works with both verbal and non-verbal students to improve their ability to initiate communication and increase pragmatic, expressive, and receptive skills so students can improve interactions with adults and peers.  Speech therapy takes a student’s current set of skills and optimized them using various language strategies (i.e. PECS, communication devices).

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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) aims to provide positive behavior supports in order to shape a student’s behavior though functional assessments and interventions that address student in a holistic manner.  our ABA approach incorporates the views of an entire team of diverse professionals to increase success throughout the student’s entire day.

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Music Therapy focuses on the development and generalization of new skills in cognition, speech and motor functioning using elements of music.  Neurological Music Therapy is a scientific, evidenced-based approach that uses rhythm and melody to motivate, engage, regulate and direct behavior and skill acquisition.

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Social work at Giant Steps primarily focuses on nurturing students’ social and emotional development across a variety of environments, as well as partnering with families to increase their access to supports in the home and community.


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