Giant Steps

Giant Steps

Giant Steps Tasmania is a not-for-profit independent specialist school for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). It was established in 1995 by a group of parents and local community supporters committed to ensuring a focused and specialised education to suit the needs of children with ASD. Over 55 students and clients access the services offered by the school, which is situated in Deloraine.

Giant Steps Tasmania believes that people living with an ASD have the capacity to learn and deserve a life which provides acceptance, safety, stimulation, happiness and respect. Giant Steps recognised that a sensory playground would support this aim.

With support from the Tasmanian Community Fund, Giant Steps installed targeted play equipment that includes sensory stimulation. This enables Giants Steps to provide and control the sensory input according to each student’s neurological needs to help promote an adaptive response whilst ensuring that the play equipment is appropriate for a wide range of abilities. The play equipment increases health and leisure skills, builds teamwork, develops social skills, improves coordination and enables students to make personal decisions about play during break times.