Conditions: Information Zone

Here at Future Steps we provide treatment, programmes and training for various conditions and difficulties. The Future Steps ethos is to impart as much knowledge as possible, so here in this section of website you will find a range information and should you think we should have anymore please be in touch!

Sensory Processing Disorder refers to a difficulty in processing sensory information. Please understand that we all have difficulty processing certain sensory stimuli (a certain touch, smell, taste, sound, movement etc.) and we all have sensory preferences. It only becomes a sensory processing disorder when we are on extreme ends of the continuum or experience “disruptive, unpredictable fluctuations which significantly impact our developmental skills or everyday functioning.

Symptoms or difficulties seen could be sensitivity to sound, light or touch, unusually low or high pain thresholds, a dislike of wearing certain types of clothing or materials, an inability to sit and concentrate, excessive ‘meltdown’ forms of behaviour

Effects in Everyday Life at Home & School are difficulties going to bed on an evening, brushing teeth, meal times, personal hygiene, calming down, visiting attractions and usual activities so as shopping and over or under reactions. In school these this could present as falling below the average in their academic performance, inability to make and sustain friendships, struggling to read, and understand or process what is being asked of them.

Gross Motor Skills refers to the body’s ability to coordinate larger scale movements using arms, legs, or the entire body, for example riding a bike.

Gross Motor Difficulties can lead to clumsiness, in ability to access the PE curriculum, an aversion playing outside as engaging in simple sports like throwing and catching is difficult and poor balance.

Our Occupational Therapist can help children with gross motor difficulties through developing the following:

Vestibular system – increases confidence in sports games, i.e. PE,
Bilateral skills – meaning both hands can be used at once, i.e. handling knife and fork
Upper limb stability – produces better posture in your child
Timing and rhythm – improves handwriting capability
Coordination – confidence in throwing and catching games
Muscle tone – allowing for gross motor functions to take place without over-exertion