Our Top Picks for World Book Day

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Our Top Picks for World Book Day

Featuring conditions such as Autism, SPD, ADHD, Dyspraxia and Down’s Syndrome


Mrs Gorksi, I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets

Age: 4-8 years

Features: ADHD

 David gets scolded a lot by his teacher, Mrs. Gorski, for not paying attention in class. He wants to pay attention but it is just so hard when an exciting idea pops into his head. And he usually can’t tell that he’s making a mistake until after he makes them. But after a particularly big mistake, David comes up with his own plan to tone down his wiggle fidgets.



It’s Hard to be a Verb

Age: 6-8 Years

Features: Attention and Concentration

Louis is a verb! He has a lot of trouble focusing and he is always doing something, but the problem is usually it’s the wrong something. Louis’ mum teaches him how to focus by showing him a few hands-on ideas that anyone can try!



In Two Worlds

Age: Teen

Features: Austim, Non-Verbal

Seven-year-old Anthony has autism. He flaps his hands. He makes strange noises. He can’t speak or otherwise communicate his thoughts. Treatments, therapies, and theories about his condition define his daily existence. Yet Anthony isn’t improving much. Life seems to be passing him by. Until one day, everything changes.



I Am an Aspie Girl

Age: 5-11 Years

Features: ASD

Lizzie is an Aspie Girl – she has Asperger’s Syndrome, which means that her brain works differently to her friends, and even to boys with Asperger Syndrome. Lizzie explains what it’s like to be an Aspie Girl, including how she has a special talent for blending in with her friends, how she gets really tired after being at school all day, how she worries about making mistakes, and how she finds it hard to understand how she is feeling.



Fish In A Tree

Age: 10+ Years

Features: Dyslexia

Every time she lands in a new school, Ally is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker and Ally learns not to be so hard on herself.



Max and Me

Age: 5-18 Years

Features: Sensory Processing Disorder

Max and Me offers an explanation of how sensory information is processed using the analogy of a ‘modulator’, who, living in the brain has the job of receiving messages from the senses and then deciding the best thing for the body to do. Once Max gets to know his modulator and learns how to work together with him, things start to go better for him.



You’re So Clumsy Charley

Age: 6-8 Years

Features: Dyspraxia

Charley always seemed to get into trouble, though he didn’t mean to. He was getting fed up of going to school because he felt different from most of the other kids. Charley has Dyspraxia which makes him feel different and unhappy at school. Thankfully, when Charley learns he is not alone, things begin to get better for him.



Why Johnny Doesn’t Flap

Age: 4-8 Years

Features: Neurotypical

Why Johnny is different flips the perception of “normal” on it’s head by revealing how people who are not on the autistic spectrum are perceived by those who are. Johnny is different. He is never exactly on time, he can’t seem to stick to a routine and he often speaks in cryptic idioms. Johnny is neurotypical, but that’s OK.



The Huge Bag of Worries

Age: 3-8 Years

Features: Anxiety

Wherever Jenny goes, her worries follow her – in a big blue bag. They are with her all the time – at school, at home, when she is watching TV and even in the bathroom! Jenny decides they have to go, but who will help her get rid of them?



The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

Age: Teen

Features: Asperger’s Syndrome

Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour’s dog murdered, he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.



The Prince Who Was Just Himself

Age: 3-9 Years

Features: Down’s Syndrome

“He looks a little different,” muses the king at Prince Noah’s arrival. “He is not like the others,” agrees the queen. But even though he can’t do everything his brothers can, soon they notice what a very special person he is!



Ellie Bean, The Drama Queen

Age: 3-8 Years

Features: Sensory Processing Disorder

Ellie’s story describes what it’s like to grow up with sensory processing difficulties and helps a child to understand, they are not alone. Ellie learns to cope with her sensory difficulties and although she stops being such a drama queen, she does get to keep her crown!

Sensory Babies Training

  Last week at Future Steps we had the amazing opportunity to host and attend a 3-day Sensory Babies course ran by Emily Hills and Lindsay Hardy. Both were an inspiration to the team with their vast amount of passion and knowledge. Emily Hills is a Clinical Specialist Neonatal Occupational Therapist at the Royal Free NHS… Continue Reading

Earth Handwriting Group

  Future Steps are excited to announce that we’ll soon be holding a summer holiday handwriting group for children with difficulties in handwriting, fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination. Whether your child struggles with letter formation, pain, focus, or speed of writing. This group aims to address these difficulties and aid them with engagement, independence and confidence in their handwriting… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading