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History

Giant Steps Sydney was established at the old Gladesville Hospital site, about seven kilometres from the Sydney city centre, in July 1995 by a group of dedicated parents who wanted to bring what was then world’s best practice in the treatment and education of children with autism to Australia. The school began with a program that was developed in Montreal Canada and an intake of 12 students.

Some 20 years later, Giant Steps Sydney has evolved into a leading educational centre for children with autism and their families. We offer a range of services from early intervention, a school for children 5 to 18 years of age and an adult service, GS Community College. All services are intensive combining therapy and education in a transdisciplinary service delivery model within a caring and supportive environment.

Our approach is designed to provide each child or young adult with the opportunity to reach their full potential while giving families support and guidance. We also strive to improve the wider community’s understanding of autism and its complex nature and to research and develop world’s best practice among carers and professionals.