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What is Thrive?

Thrive was established more than 25 years ago to provide the tools, skills and insights needed to help children to become more emotionally resilient. The Thrive Approach is based on the latest research from current neuroscience, attachment theory and current models of child development, so that all children learn to regulate their emotional responses, develop resilience and learn to manage disappointment and frustration.

Children do not always have the words to explain their emotional state and may instead signal their distress by becoming more withdrawn, or distant, or perhaps more challenging or disruptive. All children may need a little emotional support when things are going wrong. Thrive provides a way of understanding and addressing the emotional and social development of all children.

The Thrive Approach is based on evidence that the brain develops through personal and social interaction. Our brain is built through trillions of brain-cell connections made by sight, sound, smell, touch and movement. The shaping of the brain’s internal circuitry is dependent on the types of relational experiences that get repeated in early lives. The adult/ child relationships are key to brain development and the way the adult is, repeatedly, with the child, shapes the ways in which the child responds to stress.

How can all children benefit from Thrive?

Thrive is a therapeutic approach. The Thrive on-line tool is used to identify children’s emotional development and to inform a Thrive Action Plan tailored to support a child’s identified social and emotional learning targets. If it is agreed that an individual child would benefit from Thrive, the Thrive licensed school practitioner conducts the assessments with class teachers and parents. The activities and strategies in the Action Plan are for one to one and small group play and arts-based activities, designed to help the child become more resilient, feel better about themselves, build trusting relationships, be compassionate and empathetic. Activities might include model making, sand play, storytelling, circle games, movement and relaxation, breathing techniques, exploring difficult situations through role-play, comic strips and puppets, playing strategy games, arts and crafts and cooking.

Thrive at WASPS

Whole class/group screenings ensure that the emotional development of all children is monitored, not just the few. At WASPS we aim to conduct whole class assessments, every year. The screening tool identifies children who are working just below age appropriate (emotional) levels, so that class teachers can incorporate the Thrive Approach through whole class teaching and curriculum based strategies.

If you would like further information on the THRIVE APPROACH, please go to

Alternatively, you can contact the school THRIVE practitioner, Mrs Bridget Notice, via the school office.