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Locations:
Foothill Elementary
921 N 1240 E
Orem, 84097
801.226.5437 (GS Main Office)
801.227.2466 (Fax)

Horizon School Trailer
682 W 210 N
Saratoga Springs, 84045
801.610.8728 ext. 300 (office)

Franklin Elementary
350 S 600 W
Provo, 84601
801.374.4925 ext. 1710

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Friday
9:00 am - 3:20 pm

Parent Training & Support Group (Open to Public)
Schedule - Coming Soon
Friends of Giant Steps (FOGS)

Enrolled Parent Resources:
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Other Services:
Utah Behavioral Services
BYU Comprehensive Clinic
Kids on the Move
Kids Who Count
Provo Early Intervention Program
Affinity Autism Services
Alternative Behavior Strategies
Apex Behavior Consulting
Chrysalis
Leonard Consulting
Morning Star of Utah
Clear Horizons Academy
Scenic View Academy

Other Resources
Autism Resources of Utah County
Autism Council of Utah
Utah Autism Coalition
Eaton Alliance
Autism Journeys
Autism Solutions

Multi Diagnosis Resources
United way
Utah Parent Center
Disabilities First
Friday’s Kids Respite



Meet our staff
Full-time staff bios – coming soon



GIANT Steps is a day-treatment program for preschool-aged children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder either before or at the time of assessment.  Our unit has four classrooms with a capacity of 12 children, serving a total of 48 preschoolers and their families (24 Medicaid & non-Medicaid).  We have a partnership with Alpine School District to provide Special Education services for our students.   This relationship allows us to run our program in a typical school setting.  Our program runs Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.  We follow the Alpine School District schedule throughout the school year but continue our program until the end of June.  During the month of July we provide a small summer program at Greenwood Elementary School in American Fork.


History

GIANT Steps Pre-School came to Utah County in 1997 as the Children’s Behavior Therapy Unit of Utah County when a few concerned and diligent parents who were driving their children to Salt Lake City on a daily basis procured the funding.  The program started out as a coordinated effort between Valley Mental Health, Wasatch Mental Health, and the three school districts, Alpine, Provo, and Nebo but later got it’s name when it became exclusive to Wasatch Mental Health.  Although the relationships between the school districts remain, WMH has complete supervision of staff hiring and training, as well as treatment approaches and implementation.  Through the years G.S. has experienced variable funding but continues to provide quality treatment and results free of charge to families.


How to Become a Client

Eligibility
Waiting List
Parent Requirements


Treatment Approach

We believe that optimum progress is made through a multi-treatment approach founded in a structured routine designed for increments of change.  Our goal is to help our children learn through various methods to develop the skills it takes to cope with planned and unplanned changes in routine.  Some approaches are used in combination throughout the day and include, but are not limited to:

  • Principals of Learning and Behavior Modification such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Attending Leveling (taken from “Getting Ready to Learn” model) and Curriculum Progress
  • Principals of Greenspan’s FloorTime/DIR
  • Basic principles of TEACCH (picture schedules)
  • Alternative Communication Methods such as simple Sign Language or the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  • Social Stories

Services

  • Day Treatment Program (Preschool)

                        Groups Provided
                        Individualized Recovery Plan
                        Behavior Management
                        Following Directions
                        Applied Social/Interpersonal Skills
                        General Self-Help Training

                        School District Related Services

  • Mental Health and Autism Diagnostic Evaluation
  • Pre and Post Developmental Test (PEP-3, CARS2)
  • Psychiatric Services
  • Individual & Family Therapy
  • In-Program Parent Training (about 1 hour per week)
  • Evening Parent Training (2-4 hours per month)
  • Parent Support Group (Sponsored by Friends of GIANT Steps)
  • Sibling Support Annual Day Camp
  • Home visits/treatment (as needed)
  • Other family involvement: Date Night, Family Day, Daddy’s Day
  • Case Management Services
  • Transition back to School District upon graduation