Founded by special needs expert Jennifer Di Pietro, Stepping Stones Child and Family Services offers services and support to families across Toronto and the GTA. We provide assistance for children who are experiencing developmental and/or behavioural delays, those who need a bit of extra help with school, those who need help building their social skills – and families who need support dealing with their children, and with caregivers, teachers and school boards.

 

It is our strong belief that EVERY child deserves a chance to learn, grow and interact. Like the parents of our students, we feel very strongly that all children – no matter what their needs or challenges – deserve to be included in the classroom, in the community, and in society.

 

At Stepping Stones, we strongly believe in active collaboration with everyone who is working with your child. Consistent teaching and modeling throughout all environments – from home to school and beyond – are vital. We work collaboratively with paediatricians, general practitioners, paediatric neurologists, developmental paediatricians, speech and language pathologists, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, educators, child care centres and school boards, sharing information, knowledge, insights and challenges, and work as a unified team to help your child succeed.

Our Process

It all starts with a conversation. Contact us to book an initial meeting. We will come to your home to discuss your child’s overall health and development, your family situation, and areas of concern and let you know how Stepping Stones can assist. For the initial meeting, a one-time consultation fee is required.  It’s then  up to you to decide if you’d like to work with us.

There’s never any pressure – dealing with the everyday stress of having a child with a special need can be challenging enough, so we try to make our part of the process as easy for you as possible.

Our Approach

Children respond well to our low-key, nurturing approach. We are gentle and friendly, and have extensive expertise interacting with children who have special needs. With a solid foundation in Early Childhood Education and a genuine love of working with young people and their families, we offer a unique approach that makes your child feel comfortable, but also pushes them gently forward to master the skills and behaviours they need.

We strive for a relaxed, pleasant atmosphere where children can generalize skills very early on. Your child will learn in his or her own home, in the park, on the floor, and during community outings, making it easier to transfer their skills to multiple environments.

Jennifer Di Pietro, RECE EI

Jennifer Di Pietro is a patient, passionate educator who has always loved the unique rewards of working with children who have special needs.

She holds a honors diploma in Early Childhood Education and has completed post-graduate studies with honors in early intervention for children with special needs and their families from Humber College. Jennifer has been working with children and their families for over 10 years.

Her background includes working as an IBI/ABA Therapist with Learning 2 Play, an organization for children with autism. She has also worked as a Resource Consultant for Kids Haven, in partnership with the City of Toronto. In this role, she worked with ten child care centres, supporting over 20 children with special needs within these centres. She also supported the staff through weekly consultation and workshops. Most recently, she worked as a CityKids Service Navigator, where she provided support and services for families who had just received a diagnosis, and conducted screenings for parents concerned about their children’s overall development.

Jennifer has worked collaboratively with a wide variety of professionals in the field of child development, including paediatricians, general practitioners, paediatric neurologists, developmental paediatricians, speech and language pathologists, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, educators, child care centres and school boards.

Jennifer presented herself as a caring person and a well-spoken professional who worked with the lead teacher and the other staff to successfully meet the child’s goals and needs.

–ECA Assistant Teacher