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.
AASGS embraces the Giant Steps philosophy, whilst maintaining an adult services perspective.
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 adults with autism. AASGS employs a fresh perspective for adults with autism; integrating a multi-disciplinary model and person-centered (PCP) approach. AASGS is open to students graduating from the Giant Steps 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) with a current age range of 18 – 32 years old. AASGS employs a wide variety of trained professionals including; occupational therapists, speech therapists, behaviour support practitioners (IABA approach) and outdoor recreation 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 – a range of centre based & community based programs.
- Therapy Services – occupational therapy and speech 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 – partnering with several different organisations.
- Behaviour Support Services – consultations, reports, plans and staff training.
- Greenhouse Project – delivers a structured gardening program for adults with autism, building the capacity of participants and partner organisations.