Welcome to Empowering Steps Movement Therapy (ESMT)

The Empowering Steps Movement Therapy Program (ESMT) is a 1:1 motor intervention program that focuses on function rather than diagnosis, treating all children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. ESMT promotes physical literacy and self efficacy by providing an emotionally safe and nurturing environment.

The ESMT process focuses on three main components:

• Motor Development

• Emotional State

• Attachment

The motor activities act as a medium allowing the therapist to focus on affecting a change to the child’s emotional state and ability to develop attachment. Therapists are trained to adapt to the child’s needs on a daily basis in order to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress levels while building a trusting relationship. This results in the child becoming more emotionally regulated, trusting, cooperative and physically capable. At this point the therapist encourages social interaction with other ESMT children and therapists attending at the same time. The ultimate goal is to foster developmental growth for each child to reach their potential so they can partake in more acitivities with their peers. Another plausible goal is to fully integrate ESMT children into neurotypical classes or specialized ESMT groups which focus primarily on social development.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a fun, inclusive environment rich in sensory motor activities to allow neuro diverse children to feel like they belong and are welcomed.  The program is designed not only to improve your child’s motor abilities but to foster trust, relationship building, social interaction, and a sense of belonging to a community.


The majority of our sessions are one-to-one. The 1:1 sessions allow the child to build a relationship with their therapist while developing the skills which fall in their optimal zone of development. Trust created between the therapist and child helps to build confidence to overcome fears and learn to take safe and calculated risks.

Movement Therapy

Takes place in an inclusive gymnastics facility

30 min, 45 min, or 60 min 1:1 sessions

Composed of 10 stages of motor development

o   Fundamental milestones

o   Physical literacy skills

o   Complex motor skills

o   Sequencing skills

Aqua Therapy

Coinciding with Movement Therapy

Based out of Poirier Community Center pool

30 min, 45 min, or 60 min 1:1 sessions

Composed of 10 Stages with a focus on

o   Swimming skills

o   Safety skills

o   Movement therapy skills

o   Conditioning skills 

Music Therapy 

Takes place at Club Aviva

30 min, 45 min, or 60 min 1:1 sessions or 2-3 in a group

o  Experience the joy of music-making

o  Develop eye hand coordination

o  Improve fine motor skills and gross motor skills 

o  Work on verbal communication skills: listening, responding, waiting turns, sharing information