My 1st STEP is a call to action! It is day program specifically designed for individuals with autism who are transitioning into the community for the first time. It is a structured program that focuses on personal development, community inclusion and teaches the skills necessary for members to be in the community and share spaces.
My 1st STEP 120, Part-Time 3 Days
This program operates out of our NextStep Clubhouse, located at 1105 College Street, Toronto, Ontario. Our NextSTEP Club House is within 10 minutes walking distance from a subway station, library, gym, mall, park, and is surrounded by local restaurants, shops and stores. The neighbourhood also hosts a great selection of recreation and leisure activities, including: art therapy, music therapy, outdoor skating/basketball, karaoke, billiards and games. Students 18 yrs+ who choose this program option, typically enroll part-time in the My 1st STEP Program and part-time in other community programs.
Note: My 1st STEP 200, Full-Time 5 Days Option Available.
SKILLS WILL BE DEVELOPED IN:
My 1st STEP 200, Full-Time: $2,400.00
My 1st STEP 120, Part-Time: $1,440.00
My 1st STEP Programs.
The My 1st STEP program is a full year program that coincides with the academic calendar. It is best for students who are preparing to transition into the community and intend to attend a day program part-time or full-time. Learning Groups are staffed at a 2:1 - 3:1 participant to staff ratio. Activity fees extra.
Toronto Library Card (Required)
TTC Support Card (Required)
Presto Card (Required)
Access2 Entertainment Card (Required)
Assessments & Reports (Included)
STEP Planning (Included)
Smartphone or Tablet with, Talk / Text /Data (Required)
Program Specific Requirements
Gym Membership $34.00
Training Equipment $20.00
Understand your options; Make your choices; Follow your plan
Communicate your wants, needs and feelings; Positively engage others
Understand the expected & the unexpected; Manage negative thoughts and emotions
Know what you need; Clearly communicate your needs; Know your rights
Solve problems in real-time; Learn strategies to keep safe; Learn where to go for help
"You’re teaching has helped me with my daily life routine which includes work life. I’ve learned how to be more confident and also stand up for myself and have a certain behaviour at work..... also helped me have stronger friendships.
I would strongly recommend NextSteps because you have made sure whoever you teach reaches their best and shines in their future.” Hassan – Former Student
“I like Amberley because he is amazing, and he taught me how to take the TTC by myself. I really enjoy the trips we go on. I love them.” Rory - Current Student
“Through this program, Jonathan’s language, comprehension, anxiety and how he interacts and socializes in public has improved tremendously. I highly recommend other parents who are looking for social outlets for their children to contact NextSteps.” Janet - Parent
“Amberley has been in our lives for 8 years. He understands my son at times better then me. He can see through the lens of my son and gets the intricate workings of his mind. His Input is exceptional and I so appreciate his upbeat positive attitude & patience. Amberley creates the most detailed, thought out plans for our kids, which cater to their Interests, learning & needs. This past year, Amberley taught my son how to take the TTC independently. He taught him more then one way to get home in case a route was shut down. Taught him what to do if there was no ticket collector in the booth, what to do if someone sits to close to you etc. I feel very fortunate to have had Amberley’s guidance & expertise over these years. He is our angel.” Sarah – Parent