We have lots of 'interventions' at school that we use to help those children who are struggling with curriculum areas
such as reading, writing or maths. Thrive is the programme we use to help us improve children's emotional
and social development.
The approach is based on the most up-to-date knowledge about the way our brains develop, about child development and attachment issues and it strongly promotes the use of creativity and the arts.
The Thrive Approach draws on the latest research - from current neuroscience, recent attachment research, current studies of effective learning and current models of child development – in order to help adults understand children’s behaviour as communication.
Because our emotional state has such an impact on the way we think and act, it profoundly affects our behaviour choices. Our behaviour in turn helps us to get on with others and to be able to settle to learning.
If children have been emotionally thrown off track, either temporarily or over longer periods, Thrive helps us understand the needs being signalled by their behaviour and gives us targeted strategies and activities to help them re-engage.
The Thrive Approach helps adults respond to a child’s situation in a way that supports their emotional and social development
(Thrive Approach website)
At the Learning Academy Partnership we aim to address the emotional needs of children at different stages of their development. All staff work to build stable and caring relationships with the children we work with. At some times for different reasons, a child may require additional intervention to support them in experiencing and completing developmental stages.
With this in mind we have invested time in training staff members to be fully confident in assessing and implementing Thrive. We believe that Thrive can make us happier, healthier individuals with the resilience to face new challenges and situations. We feel Thrive will support those children who may, at times, be facing challenges with their emotional and social development.
Using Thrive Assessment and targets, children who are supported with Thrive group or 1-1 intervention, have the opportunity to practice and promote new skills through play, discussion and storytelling. Because play is the natural language of children, it gives them the opportunity topportunity to express their emotions, learn coping skills, and build their self-esteem.
There is nothing quite like getting mess with art resources to encourage emotional language.
Art can also be used to 'draw' feelings and give a child a way of explaining how they feel when they do not have the emotional vocabulary to tell their story.
Story telling using sand tray and small world toys.
Clay can be formed into both imaginary and 'real' figures.
We spend a lot of time learning about emotions and how to recognise and use our feelings in a positive way!
Photographs and activities of real life situations can help us relate to different emotions and feelings.
Resources we can use to identify emotions and feelings.
Books and puppets help us act our emotions and explore feelings.
Popular board games like Monopoly and Connect 4 are great for encouraging social skills such as taking turns and sharing. Other games such as Time to Talk and Talkabout give opportunities to extend emotional literacy.
We always feel better for getting out in the fresh air and speaking, or with the chickens, is an amazing way to clear our heads!