What is Thrive?

Thrive is a therapeutic approach to support and develop children’s emotional and social development. It uses the latest development in neuroscience to understand how children’s behaviour is communicating a need. The research shows that how we behave is linked to our feelings and emotions, which drives our learning. By helping children to recognise and understand those feelings, it can help their emotional/social development and learning.

Online profiling assessments build positive pictures of children’s emotional development, which can then be used to make an action plan of practical strategies and techniques to overcome any gaps in their learning.

Thrive uses positive relationships with adults to promote social and emotional growth in children. By repeated positive experiences with significant adults in a safe calm space children can overcome developmental gaps and develop new pathways in their brains to deal with emotions or behavioural triggers.  

From time to time some children may need extra support with their emotional growth. This could be for a small amount of time or a longer period. Although not a quick fix, Thrive has been proven to have a positive impact on children’s emotional, social and academic learning.

Why might my child attend a Thrive session?

All feelings are normal and happen to everyone therefore every child in the school will have Thrive sessions within their classroom PSHE lessons. However, from time to time children may benefit from small groups or one to one sessions to build strategies to manage their feelings  and promote their learning. 

This could be for: 

● Finding it hard to manage strong (big) feelings
● Friendship worries
● Finding it hard to settle into class
● Finding unstructured times like playtime challenging
● Not knowing who/when to seek help when their feelings are too big for them
● Being overwhelmed by situations and coping with these times
● Understanding and dealing with triggers that lead to feelings like: anger, frustration, anxiety, sadness, loneliness, confusion and feelings of loss 

What might happen in a Thrive session?

Activities may include:

● Sensory play
● Arts and crafts
● Stories
● Games
● Guided meditation
● Puppet work and role play
● Relaxation and breathing exercises
● Gentle hand massage 

What are the benefits of a Thrive session?

● Positive approaches to managing emotions
● Develop skills to enjoy and participate fully in their learning and school life
● Build self esteem and and pride in their achievements
● Be a calm, safe space to develop their emotional learning
● Provide alternative support for children who are finding aspects of their emotional, social or behavioural learning difficult
● Develop children’s emotional learning and language skills to enable them to recognise what they are feeling and respond appropriately.

Parents and children are always part of the process and will be fully involved in decision making within Thrive.

If you would like more information please contact the school and ask to arrange a time to speak to Mrs Barrett, our Thrive licensed practitioner. 

Thrive School Parent and Carer flyer 2023.pdf