GIANT STEPS HOLIDAY SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA
Our phones have been ringing with inquiries about the date of our annual Anthropologie Holiday Shopping Event. Unfortunately, due to a change in corporate policy, there will not be a Giant Steps shopping night at Anthropologie this year. We’d like to thank Anthropologie for sponsoring the Giant Steps Holiday Shopping Extravaganza for the past seven years, and we wish them great success with their new philanthropic endeavors. We want to send a giant thank you to the amazing employees at the Westport Anthropologie Store, the employees who came from other Anthroplogie stores just for these events, The Pantry in Fairfield for providing delicious gourmet seasonal treats, CHAMP Printing, Newman’s Own fine wines, Giant Steps volunteers, Giant Steps students, Clea Newman for her inspired idea and all of our loyal holiday shoppers for making these events so successful and so memorable.
We truly appreciate your continued support this holiday season with your purchase of student created cards and decorations, which will be available in the next few weeks at designated locations (TBA) or a visit to our Help page to make a tax deductible donation.
Wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season !
In 1992, the American Institute for Neuro-Integrative Development (AIND), was formed as a 501(c)(3) Connecticut not-for-profit corporation to develop Giant Steps CT School, and to support other education, medical research, and advocacy efforts to enhance the lives of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), developmental disabilities, and related neurological impairments.
Giant Steps CT is a Connecticut State-approved private school for students diagnosed with ASD and/or other neurological impairments, ages 3-21 years. We provide our students with a uniquely comprehensive program to meet their individual educational and therapeutic needs, while supporting meaningful inclusion and participation in their home school district and community.
Check out this short video that was created in 2010 and narrated by our wonderful friend Joanne Woodward about Giant Steps. In 2010 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported the incidence of ASD to be 1 in 110. In 2013 incidence is 1 in 88.
Giant Steps was founded by a group of very determined parents and professionals who went to extraordinary lengths to ensure that their children, and many more students in the future, would have the chance to reach their full potential. Our dedicated and knowledgeable staff implement programs that are child specific, intensive, respectful, current with research, and presume competence in our students.
After a careful review of student records, a family interview, and an extensive student assessment, goals and objectives are developed cooperatively with the student’s family and sending school district or agency. Each student is supported by a one-to-one Educational Instructor, a Special Education Teacher, and a team of therapists to implement the goals of the student’s Individualized Educational Plan.
Supported in Unique and Creative Ways
Students with ASD are extremely heterogeneous, presenting with a wide variety of strengths and needs affecting how they learn and respond to their environment. They require careful and continued assessment by experienced professionals. The world can be a very unpredictable place for them and they need to be supported in unique and creative ways.
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Go to Help page to learn more.