Apprenticeship Week 2022
Future Steps Consultancy | Children's Occupational Therapy
by FSC WebAdmin
1y ago
After school I decided to follow the path into Business Administration. I wanted to be able to learn and also earn money at the same time and it looked like an apprenticeship was the best way to go! As we were in the middle of the Covid pandemic, it was difficult to find a company that was taking on apprentices however, I came across Future Steps and after a short interview and a tour of the clinic, they welcomed me to the team in November 2020. I was ecstatic. I started my apprenticeship at Future Steps that same month and just over a year later I am nearing completion. During my time at Futu ..read more
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Day in the Life of an OT
Future Steps Consultancy | Children's Occupational Therapy
by FSC WebAdmin
1y ago
A Day in the Life of an Occupational Therapist A typical day in the Future Steps clinic can consist of both treatment sessions and assessments. I arrive at work to start my day between 7:30am and 8am. My first port of call is to check my emails for any updates or changes to the day from our Administration and Management Team. Planning for treatment sessions takes a lot of work as it is imperative each session is focused on each client’s goal and the correct equipment is used, but just as importantly, the session needs to be fun! At Future Steps we go one step further and personalise our sessio ..read more
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A Sensory Christmas Survival Guide
Future Steps Consultancy | Children's Occupational Therapy
by FSC WebAdmin
1y ago
The holiday period, including Christmas, is loaded with additional sensory information, and you may go on extra visits to see family and friends. While this makes Christmas special for many, for children with sensory processing challenges, this time of year can be more difficult due to new lights, sounds, smells, and changes in their daily routine. As we approach the festive period, find out our top tips on how to support your child, keeping them safe and comfortable during the holiday season: Plan well in advance The Christmas period can often be very different from your child’s day-to ..read more
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Average Milestones of Gross Motor Development
Future Steps Consultancy | Children's Occupational Therapy
by dev
2y ago
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 complete tasks earlier or later and there are no difficulties. If there is a significant delay in milestones this can affect a number of factors and can sometimes indicate an underlying difficulty, this is always something to keep in mind.   0-3  ..read more
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Our Top Picks for World Book Day
Future Steps Consultancy | Children's Occupational Therapy
by dev
2y ago
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 Concent ..read more
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Inside the Future Steps Sensory Workshop
Future Steps Consultancy | Children's Occupational Therapy
by dev
2y ago
On July 4th Julie Davis decided to give a little back to the parents, carers and teachers of the children we support, and invited them to our Thornaby clinic to attend a free sensory workshop. And as a brand-new member of the team, I was invited to come along. The workshop aimed to give a deeper understanding of sensory processing challenges and why they occur, as well as how these difficulties may present in a child’s behaviour and challenge them academically. It intended to demonstrate strategies that can be used at home, and in school to encourage regulation and more positive behaviour ..read more
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The importance of play
Future Steps Consultancy | Children's Occupational Therapy
by dev
2y ago
The concern of many researchers is this: decreased play in childhood results in children who are emotionally and socially stunted, potentially resulting in significant problems later in life.   Today I want to bring to your attention the fact that a lack of physical play in childhood might not only lead to a person growing up overweight due to sedentary behaviour – it may also lead them to becoming socially maladapted to the modern world.  What is play?  Play is something which we view as a kind of frivolous activity done in the name of fun, but that’s not really what it is ..read more
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Free Sensory Workshop for Future Steps Parents, Carers and Educational Professionals
Future Steps Consultancy | Children's Occupational Therapy
by dev
2y ago
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 involvement with Future Steps. Throughout the workshop we aim to help you to understand Sensory Processing Disorder, how it can affect everyday life and introduce you to some strategies for success. Sensory Processing Disorder (or SPD) is when the brain has difficulty ..read more
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How Poor Regulation Can Affect a Child’s Relationships
Future Steps Consultancy | Children's Occupational Therapy
by dev
2y ago
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 is crucial for successful relationships. For example, regulating emotions when children feel excited or frustrated, learning to share, take turns, and win and lose during games. Self-regulation is the ability to understand an ..read more
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Sensory Babies Training
Future Steps Consultancy | Children's Occupational Therapy
by dev
2y ago
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 Foundation Trust. Emily works at the “Starlight” neonatal unit at Barnet Hospital where she leads on developmental care, neurodevelopmental assessment and developmental interventions; including follow-up after discharge. Emily is an Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integra ..read more
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