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!




Free Sensory Workshop for Future Steps Parents, Carers and Educational Professionals

Free Sensory Workshop for Future Steps Parents, Carers and Educational Professionals

Understanding children and their behaviours can be difficult at the best of times but when a child has a condition like Sensory Processing Disorder it can be even more challenging, but we are here to help. Future Steps will be holding a Sensory Workshop for all parents, carers and educational professionals who have had previous […]

The Carolyn McTimoney Occupational Therapy Scholarship for Primary Schools in Darlington

The Carolyn McTimoney Occupational Therapy Scholarship for Primary Schools in Darlington

Yesterday afternoon, Future Steps hosted an event for representatives from mainstream primary schools in Darlington. We invited them to our Darlington Clinic to inform them of a scholarship opportunity that would offer them a year of complimentary occupational therapy support in their school. The Carolyn McTimoney Occupational Therapy Scholarship for Primary Schools in Darlington has […]

Future Steps SCORE After School Group

Future Steps SCORE After School Group

From the very early stages in life, social skills are vital in order for your child to make friends and learn more about the world around them, consequently helping develop their confidence and increasing happiness.   Recognising the signs that indicate your child may have difficulties with their social skills isn’t always easy as it […]

Training to Safeguard the Future: Lowering Exclusion in UK

Training to Safeguard the Future: Lowering Exclusion in UK

Exclusion in UK, can training be a step in the right direction? Year on year, pupil exclusion rates continue to rise, which is a major issue throughout the UK, having impact on current state of Education in the UK but also on future employment figures. The department for education has provided a guide for describing […]

Is Your Child Ready for the Day?

Is Your Child Ready for the Day?

A child’s arousal level is linked with their ability to self-regulate. Self-regulation is the ability to adapt your state of arousal to the appropriate level to be able to attend to a task and therefore is directly linked to academic performance. A child may have a high arousal level and not be able to sit […]

Future Steps Christmas Party!

Future Steps Christmas Party!

Yesterday Future Steps Consultancy celebrated a great year by hosting a Festive Party for all our children, past and present! This was the first Festive Party to take place at our Future Steps Thornaby Clinic and we wanted to make sure it was the best yet! It seems that all of our hopes were met […]

Christmas – OT tips and advice

Christmas – OT tips and advice

Christmas is an exciting and happy time of year for most people, however it can be an overwhelming time of year, and even more so if your child has sensory processing difficulties. The sights, smells and sounds associated with the festive season can send children with these difficulties into a meltdown in minutes. Here’s a […]

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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Paul Jones-King

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