What does it take to develop healthy, happy, confident children who are ready and open to learning? Recent advances in neuroscience, attachment theory and child development have provided some of the answers to this question.
The Thrive Approach draws on insights from these fields to provide a powerful way of working with children and young people that supports optimal social and emotional development. In particular, the Approach equips you to work in a targeted way with children and young people who have struggled with difficult life events to help them re-engage with life and learning.
The Thrive Approach is grounded in the current scientific developments in neuroscience. The field of neuroscience has undergone rapid advances in recent years, prompted by significant innovations in brain imaging. These have yielded important insights about how the brain and nervous system function and develop. In particular, scientists have discovered that the neural pathways of the brain and wider nervous system are relatively unformed at birth, undergoing much of their development during the first three years of life in response to relational experiences with primary care-givers. A key development during this period is the establishment of the body's stress-response system. This lays the foundation for our social and emotional development throughout life, affecting our capacity to relate, love, learn and manage stress in healthy ways. However, research has also revealed the inherent "plasticity" of the brain - its capacity to forge new neural connections in response to experience. The fact that the brain retains this property to a greater or lesser degree throughout life means that where brain development has been less than optimal, it remains possible to intervene at a later stage to fill the gaps.
At Our Lady of the Angels it is our aim to maintain your child's emotional wellbeing, and by providing them with the tools to cope with life in a healthy way, they are more likely to be emotionally ready to learn and be happier with themselves.
What Does The Process Involve?
Once a request for a child to be placed on the Thrive program is received, a parental consent form is sent home asking for permission for the child to be placed on the program.
Once permission is given, a Thrive assessment is completed (usually by the child's class teacher), to ascertain which areas of the child's emotional development need to be targeted.
Thrive sessions can be anything from 30 minutes to 1 hour long, and can involved therapeutic sand tray work, talking time, creative play, pamper sessions and even a visit to Forest School. The possibilities are endless!!
Thrive assessments are completed approximately every six weeks to ensure your child's receiving the correct targeted interventions, and copies of these (with a home friendly version of interventions) get sent home.
For further information please click on the link to the Thrive Approach website - Thrive Approach
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.