Future Steps strongly believe in supporting and training educators, helping you understand the behaviours in the classroom and the challenges your pupils face, providing you with knowledge and strategies and ensuring every pupil has the very best chance of success. Through the use of engaging presentations and practical activities, combined with the specialist knowledge and expertise of our highly trained, specialist Occupational Therapists, STEPS provides high quality, informative training for teachers, teaching assistants, SENCOs and other education professionals. STEPS is suitable for mainstream schools, specialist provisions and PRUs. Courses are tailored to your setting and can be delivered within your school or at our state-of-the-art clinic in Thornaby. STEPS hosted at our clinic include demonstrations inside one of our five highly equiped, specialised therapy rooms, helping attendees understand the link between the clinic and the classroom. Certificates and course guides are supplied with every course, allowing you to evidence your attendance and continue your learning and development, beyond the training session.

A little more about Julie and the Trainers…

With 25 years of experience and a wealth of specialist clinical knowledge, Managing Director
and Attachment Specialist Occupational Therapist, Julie Davis, and the Training Team, deliver STEPS with incomparable expertise and an undeniable passion for supporting educational staff and ensuring every pupil succeeds.
 
Julie and the training team have a wealth of experience:
• MA & BSc in Occupational Therapy
• Sensory Integration Training Levels 1-3
• Astro Training
• Advanced Practitioner in Therapeutic Listening Programme
• Neurological courses
• Seating Course
• Postural management Course
• Course on Sleep systems
• Training in Lycra® garments,
• Wheelchairs courses
• Training in a range of specific, conditions such as ASC,ADHD,DCD and many more…
• Level 1/2 Intensive Mentorship: Hands-On Advanced Treatment at the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder ran by Lucy Miller
• Sensory Attachment Certified Therapist Level 1 and 2
• Dynamic Maturation Model (DMM) model of attachment
• School Aged Assessment (SAA) and Advanced SAA
• Child Attachment and Play Assessment (CAPA) and Meaning of the Child (MOTC)
• PGC in Attachment and Trauma and began the second year of her Masters in October 2019.
• Sensory Integration Modules 1, 2 and 3
Sensory Babies Training

Feedback from Trainees:

Trainee Teacher-Bowburn Infant and Nursery School
“As a trainee teacher doing my PGCE year, I found this incredibly interesting to understand all the sensory processes that need to be understood by the children before they can focus on learning and handwriting. I will definitely be able to incorporate additional activities to support my future pupils. I have enjoyed the practical aspect of this training, the visual perception activities and seeing how posture affects children. Overall, it was a very interesting and engaging session.”

Courses to Choose From

Sensory Survival in the Mainstream Classroom: A Teacher's Guide to Managing Sensory Behaviour & Needs

Managing sensory-based behaviour in the classroom can be problematic, especially in the constraints of the mainstream setting. This course will give educators an insight into the causes of challenging behaviours and from there, course leaders can support educators to formulate strategies that will work within their classrooms.

Sensory Guidance for Special Schools: Insight into how sensory development impacts on the children and young people in specialist provisions and what can be done to support development in this environment.

In a specialist environment, educators are essential to ensuring children and young people to reach their full potential. This course will provide knowledge on the Sensory Systems and an understanding of how working on these systems, from an education perspective, can make an immense impact on development. Course leader will also support transition of this theory into practice.

When Dysfunction Meets Education: Identifying sensory/motor dysfunction in a child, understanding the impact on educational progress and how to help

In every classroom there is a child who is struggling to keep up with their peers academically and yet they seem to present with no obvious challenges. This course will demonstrate just how many sensory/motor challenges a child or young person could be experiencing every day, why they are unable to articulate them and how altering the curriculum and classroom environment can positively impact their educational attainment and support them reach their full potential.

The Journey of Handwriting: An OT perspective of handwriting from mark making to cursive

Understand the importance of the motor and sensory systems and the effect of visual perception on handwriting and fine motor skills and discover new strategies for your classroom, to support every child to be proficient in the art of handwriting. Through practical activities, experience first-hand the challenges that a child who struggles with handwriting faces every day, in and out of the classroom.

Sensory Obstacles to Forming Secure Attachments- A sensory insight into working with a child's attachment framework and how support them to form secure attachments

Through the use of real case studies and videos, Attachment Specialist Occupational Therapist, Julie Davis provides an insight into the importance of the sensory system for a child or young person and how this system can affect their behaviour and ability to form secure attachments with parents, carers or caregivers.

Training Dates

Sensory Obstacles to Forming Secure Attachments

25-05-2021

( 9:30 - 15:30 )

When Dysfunction Meets Education

13-04-2021

( 9:30 - 15:30 )

Sensory Guidance for Special Schools

09-02-2021

( 9:30 - 15:30 )

Sensory Obstacles to Forming Secure Attachments

07-01-2020

( 9:30 - 15.30 )

The Journey of Handwriting

10-02-2020

( 12:30 - 15:30 )

Sensory Survival in the Mainstream Classroom

31-03-2020

( 9:30 - 15.30 )

Sensory Guidance for Special Schools

19-05-2020

( 9:30 - 15.30 )

When Dysfunction Meets Education

09-06-2020

( 9:30 - 15.30 )

Sensory Survival in the Mainstream Classroom

31-03-2020

( 9.30 - 15.30 )

Sensory Obstacles to Forming Secure Attachments

08-09-2020

( 9:30 - 15.30 )

The Journey of Handwriting

10-02-2020

( 12.30 - 3.30 )