About Small Steps
Small Steps is a free service and provides specialist help and support to parents with physically disabled children. We focus on all areas of their development, using the principles of conductive education.
How we work
Children attend a group at Small Steps once per week with a parent or carer. Our multi-disciplinary team lead both parent and child through a structured session designed to help each child achieve the next developmental steps.
At Small Steps we pride ourselves in providing a supportive environment for families and supporting parents through the emotional journey of having a disabled child.
How you can help
Small Steps is a free service and as a registered charity we are dependent on grants, donations and fundraising in order to operate. There are many ways you can help...
Group sessions at Small Steps are holistic, working on all areas of a child's development. Children attend once per week, with a parent or carer. There are up to 6 children per group who are all working on similar skills. Parents learn how to incorporate tasks into daily life with the child at home.
Conductive Education is about active learning. It focuses on the positive and is based on the strong belief that children with physical disabilities can learn new or different ways of approaching and dealing with everyday tasks, through a greater knowledge of their own abilities.
Small Steps works with children aged birth to 5 years who have cerebral palsy or other forms of motor impairment, syndromes or sensory impairment. Our families come from across London and surrounding areas.
We pride ourselves in offering a free service to all families. Small Steps does not receive any statutory funding and we are solely dependent on grants, donations and fundraising in order to operate.
Help us raise money for Small Steps! There are so many different things you can do; why not take on a sponsored challenge, make a regular monthly donation or ask your employer to take Small Steps on as their nominated charity? Every penny raised makes a real difference to the lives of the families we support.
Find out more about some of our amazing supporters and the wonderful things they have done to raise funds for us! We are so grateful to all the individuals and organisations who financially support Small Steps and enable us to continue offering this vital service to families.
We need to raise £400,000 each year to survive. See what we raised 2018/2019!
"Our son has learned so much at Small Steps! To roll, creep, kneel, crawl, stand up, sit down. To make choices, to wait his turn, to try to interact with his classmates. He has changed from being a floppy 15 month unable to sit up unaided and giving very little eye contact to an extrovert, vocal and smiley 3 year old who can not only crawl at a rate of knots but will stand at a walking frame without even a pair of leg gaiters on! I have learned how to help Our son's progress physically using exercises disguised as fun and with lots of singing! I have gained knowledge of and practice with the fantastic equipment Small Steps uses. Not to mention a wealth of knowledge, advice and encouragement from Small Steps Staff. And insight and support from other parents."
"I feel the whole experience of the last 2 years at Small Steps has made me grow as a person and appreciate life more and above all has been a slow burning, revelatory introduction into the world of disability which I am now so at home with. Through their dedication, expertise and compassion I gradually shed my anxieties to embrace my new life with a disabled child. Thank you Small Steps!”
"Joining Small Steps was our first introduction to Conductive Education. A whole new world opened up to us as a family – for years we were told by health professionals about everything our son couldn’t do & won’t be able to do, at Small Steps we met staff who were positive and encouraging & who told us what he CAN DO and how he will achieve what he currently can’t. After participating at SS for a few terms, we have seen great improvement both in physical ability and in mental strength: our son started off always saying he can’t do things, whereas now he is adamant he wants to give things a go and his attitude is that he can do anything anybody else can. As parents, we have received endless support & encouragement."
"Our son's gross motor skills have greatly improved since joining Small Steps. In particular he has learnt some great transfer skills and can now crawl using all-fours for a longer period of time. He now also has a better understanding of the concept of walking and he can do assisted side-steps. For us it has been great to have weekly therapy input over and above what the NHS offers."
"I can’t thank you enough for all you have done for my son and I. It has been very motivating for us both. Giving me ideas for fun games and physical exercises for me to do with him at home. It has given us both something positive to look forwards to each week and I feel that with your help I have tried to improve my son’s quality of life. As for him, he has enjoyed himself so much and learnt masses. He has come on a great deal mentally and physically thanks to your help and support."
"When our little girl joined Small Steps at 13 months of age the future seemed very unsure for her and us. We were unsure how best to deal with her special needs and what the future might hold for her. Three years on and all three of us are in a very different place. Our daughter is achieving more than we ever hoped for (now independently mobile & a very sociable little girl) and the future no longer seems quite so daunting. The advice, encouragement and support that we have received from Small Steps has played a fundamental part in that transformation. Thank you for everything you have done, we will never forget it and will stay in touch.”
"Small Steps was timed perfectly for my son. He was just at the point where he was considering walking and the help and support from all the excellent staff guided him along perfectly. Although we no longer need weekly intervention it would be useful to have termly/6 monthly checks to offer guidance and answer concerns e.g. walking with wide leg gait, support boots, balance etc. I don’t know whether this would be possible though as I know there are huge demands on your service."