Taking Big Steps
Not For Profit
Early Intervention Centre
For Children with Autism
If you've met one Individual with Autism,
you've met one Individual with Autism.
Our aim is to provide early intervention therapy based on the principles of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) to enable children with a diagnosis within the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to reach their full potential.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Little Souls Taking Big Steps is a unique early intervention program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) which incorporates key elements of effective evidence based practice. We provide innovative, individualised early intervention programs for children aged 2 to 6 years.
As your child advances and they begin to learn more from their natural environment, a variety of different teaching methods are incorporated in their program based on their individual needs. According to each child’s ongoing assessments a program will be developed that may incorporate several key areas of development.
Little Souls provides Educator and Parent workshops that focus on teaching the skills necessary to better understand children with Autism.
The Little Souls’ story starts in 1997 when Principal and Director of Therapy Robyn Hawkins’ son, Ben, was diagnosed with severe ASD at two years of age. After much research, Robyn came to realise that intensive early intervention was the only hope she had to enable her son to reach his full potential. In Australia at that time ABA therapy was virtually unheard of, leaving her and her husband Richard with no other option than to initiate a program in their own home. Robyn approached her father, Graham Flint, about opening a centre. With his only motivation being the great pride he felt in his grandson’s achievement and a genuine desire to provide other children with the same opportunities Graham committed to the development of Little Souls Taking Big Steps. Fast forward 10 years and Little souls opened its doors for the first time in March of 2007 and has been supporting families ever since.
View our latest Annual Report here.
If they can't learn the way we teach;
We teach the way they learn.
Days of therapy Delivered
What is Autism?
What is Autism?
Autism is a brain disorder that begins in early childhood and persists throughout adulthood; affects three crucial areas of development: communication, social interaction, and creative or imaginative play. Children and adults with autism typically have deficiencies in verbal and non-verbal communication and social interactions.
What is An Autistic Spectrum Disorder?
An autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex development disability that affects the way a person communicates in relation to people around them. The term autistic spectrum is often used because the condition varies from person to person; some people with the condition may also have accompanying learning disabilities, while others are much more able with average or above average intelligence. Asperger’s Disorder is a condition at the more able end of the spectrum. Also on the spectrum is Kranner’s Disorder, sometimes referred to as “classic autism”.
What is The Difference Between Autism and Asperger’s Disorder?
Autism and Asperger’s Disorder are all part of the same autism continuum and the difference between them relate more to degree more than anything else. However, people at the more able end of the autistic spectrum, such as those with Asperger’s Disorder, tend to have average or above average intelligence and generally have fewer problems with language, often speaking fluently, though their words can sometime sound formal or stilted.
What is Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA)
Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) utilises methods based on scientific principals of behaviour to bring about comprehensive and enduring improvement in a wide of skills for most people with Autism.
Typically developing children are learning from their environment all their waking hours simply be watching and imitating other people in their everyday lives. Children with autism have great difficulty learning in this way, and for many, imitation is not something that occurs naturally and is therefor a skill that must be taught.
ABA therapy helps children learn by breaking tasks down into small manageable steps and creating artificial opportunities for them to practice these steps until they can successfully perform them independently. Essentially the normal patterns of life are broken down into easy manage steps that are the practiced and rewarded over and over. ABA is a teaching method which relies heavily on positive reinforcement.
The primary objective of ABA is to teach children with Autism a wide range of skills including:
Speech and language skills.
Social play skills.
Gross and motor skills.
Self help skills
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IN THE MEDIA
Autism doesn't come with a manual,
it comes with a parent who doesn't give up.
Autism, seeing the world from a different perspective
Parent Information Sessions
We hold information sessions on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:15 for families who have expressed interest or for those who would simply like to learn more about the services and programs we offer. Booking is essential so please register your interest below.
To apply for a position within Little Souls Taking Big Steps, please send a cover letter together with your C.V. to