Little Steps Group Treatment Programme

6 - 36 Months

The Little Steps programme is an occupational therapy led sensory motor group for children aged 2-3 years old, which will develop their sensory-motor foundations, enabling them to meet their potential, in terms of milestones, emotional regulation, and preparing your child with the skills for school.

The activities and treatments used in the programme are researched and evidence-based techniques that alter the way a child responds in relation to their environment and therefore helps them to learn and attain. Future steps pride itself on our techniques and approaches as we know the benefits and outcomes they have on a child or young person’s life.

Aims

Improved balance and motor planning to assist running, riding a bike and navigating objects

To develop the ability to use both sides of the body together and promote dominance for mark making

To develop fine motor skills to support independent dressing

Increased ability to play with others

Increased ability to manage emotions

To improve the ability to listen and follow instructions

To provide strategies and education to parents/carers to promote further development at home

Aim of 6-12 months programme

- To develop foundation sensory motor skills to enable progress with milestones, sitting, standing, and crawling

- Integration of primitive reflexes which assist function i.e. allowing a child to turn their head and look at someone and remain upright, and the ability to reach for an item whilst crawling

- Improved body awareness and recognition of self .i.e. front, back, left, and right

- Reduce need to be held and supported

- Increase exploration of sensory play to decrease avoidance and sensitivity to different textures sand, clothes, water etc.

- Increase understanding of cause and effect through play which will enhance learning

- Settled and content within their environment

- Ability to reciprocally interact with others through vocalisations

- To develop foundation sensory motor skills to enable progress with milestones, sitting, standing, and crawling

- Integration of primitive reflexes which assist function i.e. allowing a child to turn their head and look at someone and remain upright, and the ability to reach for an item whilst crawling

- Improved body awareness and recognition of self .i.e. front, back, left, and right

- Reduce need to be held and supported

- Increase exploration of sensory play to decrease avoidance and sensitivity to different textures sand, clothes, water etc.

- Increase understanding of cause and effect through play which will enhance learning

- Settled and content within their environment

- Ability to reciprocally interact with others through vocalisations

- To provide strategies and education to parents/carers to promote further development at home

- To provide strategies and education to parents/carers to promote further development at home

Aims of 12-18 months programme

- To develop foundation sensory motor skills to enable development of balance and coordination, to support gross motor skills including standing, crawling and walking.

- Improved body awareness and recognition of self.i.e. front, back, left, and right
Integration of primitive reflexes which will assist function of self-feeding and climbing during play activities.

- Seeks out and explores sensory stimuli to open their world to explore and learn

- To develop the ability to use both sides of the body together and promote dominance to support mark making.

-Increased imagination and ability to engage in a play theme.

-Settled and content within their environment

-To provide strategies and education to parents/carers to promote further development at home

Aims of 18-24 months programme -To prepare children for nursery

- To develop skills ready for fine motor tasks including handwriting and scissor skills

- To improve ability to listen and follow instructions

- Increased recognition of size and shape

- Improved stability and confidence during movement activities.

-Increased independence, exploration and learning.

- To develop the ability to use both sides of the body together and promote dominance for mark making.

- Improved confidence at play parks and accessing swings and slides.

- Increased ability to play alongside others

- To provide strategies and education to parents/carers to promote further development at home

Aims of 24-36 months programme- To prepare children for school

- Improved balance and motor planning to assist running, riding a bike and navigating objects

- To develop the ability to use both sides of the body together and promote dominance for mark making

- To develop fine motor skills to support independent dressing

- Increased ability to play with others

- Increased ability to manage emotions

- To improve ability to listen and follow instructions

- To provide strategies and education to parents/carers to promote further development at home