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What is Thrive?

Thrive is a therapeutic approach to help support children with their emotional and social development.

The Thrive approach offers practical strategies and techniques and is built around online assessments which identify children’s emotional development and provides action plans for their individual needs.

Research has shown that how we behave is linked to how we feel and our emotions are linked to how we learn. By teaching children to recognise and notice these feelings and emotions it can help with their development and learning.

Children sometimes need some extra support with their emotional growth and this can be temporary or over a longer period of time.

Thrive promotes their emotional and social growth by building positive relationships between a child and their peers and helps them explore and understand their feelings through various activities.

Our Thrive practitioner is:
Adele Coleman 

Why might your child attend a Thrive session?

Many children experience difficulties during their time at school. These may include:

  • Difficulties with friendships.
  • Difficult in unstructured sessions such as playtimes.
  • Finding it hard to settle in the classroom.
  • Finding it difficult to manage their strong feelings.
  • Not knowing who to turn to when feelings are too big to manage on their own.

These situations can lead to many different feelings which may seem overwhelming at times. They might include: anger, frustration, sadness, loneliness, confusion or anxiety. 

All these feelings are very normal and happen to a lot of children. The Thrive sessions are to help children learn to manage their feelings and teach them strategies that will help promote their learning at school.


What will happen in a Thrive session?

The session may be on an individual basis or as part of a small group of children. During each session there will be an activity which may include:

  • Story telling
  • Circle games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Sand play
  • Movement and relaxation
  • Hand and foot massage
  • Cooking and preparing food
  • Role play and puppet work
  • Games


We aim to:

  • Provide alternative support for children who are experiencing emotional, social or behavioural difficulties.
  • Provide a safe and calm environment for children to develop their skills.
  • Enable children to take pride in their achievements and enhance self-esteem.
  • Help children to manage their feelings and develop skills to enjoy and participate in school life.
  • Use positive approaches to manage all behaviours.

Feedback from Thrive

Our children say:

I have new words to explain how I am feeling.

My confidence has grown and I can manage my emotions easier. 

Our parents say:

Thrive is supporting my child and we both can see the benefits. We have noticed a difference already in the short time they have been having the sessions.  

Our staff say:

Thrive is not a fast quick fix but something that takes a little time while putting the building blocks in place.  However, with time , I can see the impact to the children I work with; it is a heart warming thing to witness. 

Thrive has encouraged children to be confident and expand their self-worth, to find their voices and recognise when they feel vulnerable and to understand that they are special and unique.

More information

For more information about the Thrive approach please book an appointment with Mrs Coleman.

Alternatively, log onto www.thriveapproach.co.uk