What our families say about 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 Alek couldn’t do & won’t be able to do, at Small Steps we met staff who were positive and encouraging & who told us what Alek 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: Alek 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.”

“Barney’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.”

“When Alanni 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. Alanni 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.”

“Alfie 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 Alfie 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.”

“Theo has significantly improved his gross and fine motor skills since starting Small Steps. He’s really benefited from the wide range of activities and games and equipment on offer. Perhaps even more importantly the has really grown in terms of his confidence and social skills, developing into a more outgoing, happier boy who’s now ready to start nursery. On a practical level, we’ve learnt a lot of new activities, exercises + games to use with Theo at home. On a more personal note, the support, kindness, patience, and good advice we’ve received from you have been completely invaluable during these challenging early years of Theo’s diagnosis. Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for our family.”

“Thank you all so much for the help and support that you have provided to us over the last 2 years. George has gone from being largely immobile to being able to enjoy running about and using a playground like other children (we’ve enclosed photos of him on a recent adventure). It’s wonderful to see the confidence he has in the playground and park to try new things out and engage in new activities. It’s equally rewarding to see George doing the simple things at home well. Watching him pick up and place small objects, put toys together etc is fantastic. He’s quite good at throwing, bit of work to do on tidying up, overconfident with stairs, so pretty much like any other toddler. And that’s really been the best thing about our time with you; George is now far more ‘typical’ than he would have been without the intervention from Small Steps. He’s made friends and so have his mummy and daddy. He’s learned plenty of songs and rhymes – I am sure the West End awaits – but most of all he’s had fun.

Our little boy, who couldn’t really roll over is now out there on the bouncy castles and rope walkways with the best of them and not afraid to hold his line. Thank you for all the time, love and effort. We’re already missing Tuesday afternoons. George has gained massive amounts of confidence & mobility. His posture, his ability to walk, ascend & descend stairs, ability to reach and to throw; to follow basic tasks like collecting objects and putting them into a bag. To be able to sit, feet flat bottom back and ready. So many of the things that come more easily to many children, you’ve helped us avoid them becoming a struggle and helped George avoid being set apart. We’ve gained lots of confidence about his future and his ability to move at his fastest pace and enjoy opportunities the world has to offer him. Thank you for this opportunity. We feel very fortunate to have been offered it.”

“I can’t thank you enough for all you have done for Christopher and myself. 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 Christopher’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.”

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