Our children

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All of our children have severe social and communication difficulties and moderate to severe learning difficulties. Many have other associated difficulties, such as sensory processing issues, challenging behaviours, and food intolerances. All of our pupils have been diagnosed by our consultant psychologist, Dr. Jim Ellis, who also monitors progress through weekly Skype sessions with the tutors.  

Dr Ellis, consultant speech pathologist, Dr. Kerry Davis, and consultant occupational therapist Ms. Jen Stornelli visit the School two-to-four times a year, to provide on-going training for tutors and parents. We are excited by the progress the children have made.  When they came to us, none could communicate verbally and their non-verbal communication skills were severely limited.  Since then, social behaviours have improved dramatically. Some can talk while others use iPads or pictures to communicate.  A few can read and do math.  

We currently have 18 children aged 3 – 12 years, but we have children awaiting admission on our waitlist, and we expect demand to grow in the coming years.



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Admission Requirements

✓ A primary diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or another neurological disorder.

✓ Appropriate age, with the appropriate skills and behaviour profile to fill the available place.


No child is ever turned away for financial reasons.

Admissions to Step by Step are made by contacting the school at 223-7837