Adult Autism Services
As Giant Steps entered its 14th year of operation, it became clear that there was a need for an autism-specific service provision for young adults leaving high school as there were very limited services available.
In 2009, Giant Steps established the GS Community College (GSCC) to address the need for a post-school program tailored for young adults with autism.
In 2016, the NDIS rolled out and Giant Steps’ hybrid model struggled to ‘fit’ into what the NDIA had pigeon holed as a post-school program for young adults with autism. In 2018, GS Community College was rebranded as Adult Autism Services by Giant Steps (AASGS); not changing its approach, rather better aligning with the NDIA’s service terminology.
Adult Autism Services by Giant Steps is an NDIS approved centre and community based program for young adults with autism. AASGS employs a fresh perspective for young adults with autism; integrating a multi-disciplinary model and person-centered (PCP) approach. AASGS is open to students graduating from the GS Secondary Program, as well as to other young adults with autism from the wider community.
The AASGS operates from 8:45am to 3:45pm (Monday – Friday) and currently has an age range of 18 – 30 years old. AASGS have employed a wide variety of trained professionals including; occupational therapists, speech therapist, music therapist, behaviorist (IABA approach), outdoor recreation professionals and many other professionals.
Participants have the opportunity to be a part of a wide variety of programs with the intention of promoting self-determination and independence. The typical day includes a combination of onsite and offsite activities which are tailored to the individual using PCP principles. Some of the services include:
- Community Participation & Life Skills Programs – centre based & community based programs.
- Therapy Services – occupational therapy, speech therapy and music therapy – assessments, reports, program development, program implementation, consultation, staff training and much more.
- School Leavers Program (GAP year) – short term transition program (3-12 months).
- Work Experience Programs – unpaid and paid work – partners with several different organisations.
- Behaviour Support Services – consultations, reports, plans and staff training.
- More services will be announced later this year…