News and Articles

This section of the Future Steps website aims to keep readers informed of the upcoming events here but also a place that offers knowledge and understanding of the behaviours and presentation of children with special educational needs.

Here you will find articles written by member of the Future Steps Team relating to sleeping difficulties, DIY sensory toys and much more!




Regulation and Children’s Relationships

Regulation and Children’s Relationships

How Poor Regulation Can Affect a Child’s Relationships We are social beings and socialising and building relationships is an important part of human life, particularly as a child. Playing and exploring with friends is a great way to learn and build confidence. There are lots of skills required for building relationships with others, but self-regulation […]

Keeping Children Calm on Bonfire Night: Future Steps Tips

Keeping Children Calm on Bonfire Night: Future Steps Tips

We receive information through seven senses, one of which is through the auditory or ‘hearing’ sense. Our auditory systems are an integral part of how we interpret our environment. Made up of two subsystems – the peripheral auditory system (outer ear, middle ear and inner ear) and the central auditory system, they work together to […]

Thornaby Launch – 15th September 2017

Thornaby Launch – 15th September 2017

Future Steps would like to take the time to thank everyone who attended the Thornaby Launch event on 15th September. Julie was overwhelmed by the support that we received on that special day, which means so much to her. Future Steps Thornaby has long been a vision of Julie’s and has been made possible thanks […]

Average Milestones of Gross Motor Development

Average Milestones of Gross Motor Development

Gross motor development is the development of the ability to use the large muscles in our body for everyday functions such as standing, crawling and walking. This can be seen in young children when we discuss their developmental milestones, these are a guide of where children should be at a certain age, sometimes they may […]

ASD and Self-Esteem

ASD and Self-Esteem

ASD and Self-Esteem, exploring the links between them. During teens and adolescents individuals begin to develop a sense of personal identity and self-esteem. Teenagers diagnosed with ASD can find it harder than typical developing teenagers to form their identity. They may also find it difficult to build their self-esteem and view themselves as valuable members […]

Sleeping Difficulties Relating to Sensory Needs

Sleeping Difficulties Relating to Sensory Needs

Most people know on some level that sleep is important for health, and we’ve all at some point or another experienced the grogginess and poor mental performance which goes along with skipping a few hours; yet most of us underestimate just how important sleep can be. Getting enough sleep affords better concentration, tissue regeneration, healing, […]

Fine Motor Skills: How to help your child

Fine Motor Skills: How to help your child

How decorating a Chinese dragon incorporates fine motor skills! The term fine motor skills refers to movement of the small muscles in your hands, forearms, feet, face and mouth. Often when discussing fine motor skills, the focus is on the small muscles in the hand. Fine motor skills are an important factor of everyday life […]

New Year Hopes of Future Steps Children

New Year Hopes of Future Steps Children

New Years hopes of the children at Future Steps are so important. We have taken some time this week to ask some of the children what they would like to get better at, whether that is in or out of their sessions with us. Daniel’s New Year Hopes This New Year I would like to […]

College of Occupational Therapists 40th Annual Conference

College of Occupational Therapists 40th Annual Conference

Future Steps Occupational Therapy, Ruth Davies, attended the College of Occupational Therapists 40th Annual Conference   I have just arrived back from my first occupational therapy conference where I had the pleasure of presenting my university research project. A couple of years ago I would not believe that I would be presenting to 100 occupational therapists. […]

Donation Multi-Sensory Centre

Donation Multi-Sensory Centre

Pendragon Community Trust are aiming to create a multi-sensory centre in Northallerton. “The specialist Centre will provide a wonderful range of sensory experiences and therapeutic and developmental opportunities and support to visitors. It will also provide a haven for those clients and their families and carers who are seeking respite and relaxation and an opportunity to […]

DIY Sensory Items

DIY Sensory Items

DIY Sensory Items in minutes: Fun to make and fun to play with! Often, when we care for children with sensory needs, it can require a little bit of thinking outside the box (and sometimes spending more than we’d like) when it comes to entertaining and incorporating learning into their day. With this in mind, […]

Sensory Systems: Did you know there are 8 senses?

Sensory Systems: Did you know there are 8 senses?

The Eight Sensory Systems For most of us, when asked “What are the senses?”, we would answer the standard five,of which we are taught from a young age. They are: 1. Vision, 2. Hearing, 3. Taste, 4. Touch and 5. Smell However occupational therapists here at Future Steps would like you to be aware that our […]

Sensory Integration: Why Our Therapy Works

Sensory Integration: Why Our Therapy Works

Future Steps therapists focus on the neurological theory of sensory integration. Sensory Integration is the brain’s ability to understand information collected from the seven senses: taste, touch, smell, vestibular (related to gravity and balance), hearing, proprioception (understanding the body and how to use it appropriately) and vision. The brain does this by associating the new […]

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