The Thrive Approach is underpinned by child development theory in order to optimise children and young people’s social and emotional development.
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The Thrive developmental model explains how children and young people change and grow throughout childhood and adolescence.
The Thrive Approach uses this model to focus on how to support healthy social, emotional and cognitive development as the young person grows. The model also provides a lens through which to look at and interpret behaviour and determine how best to respond.
Organised into six stages, the model helps us to understand what healthy child development looks like in terms of behaviour and learning at each stage. The model also explains how the role of the adult in facilitating a child’s development changes at each stage.
When combined with attachment theory, the Thrive developmental model provides a lens through which to look at and interpret children and young person’s behaviour. When, for whatever reason, the adults in a child/young person’s life are not able to meet the child/young person’s needs and are unable to provide the necessary support and experiences for the child/young person’s optimal development, the child/young person will have interruptions or gaps in their development.
These developmental interruptions, which all of us have to varying degrees, can mean that children and young people find it difficult to cope with events in their daily lives, and are more likely to display distressed behaviours as a result. The Thrive model enables us to identify the particular developmental gaps signalled by children and young people’s behaviours and to choose appropriate, targeted interventions designed to meet their needs and fill the gaps.
The Thrive Approach provides you with knowledge and understanding, coupled with easy-to-use tools and techniques, that will equip you to respond sensitively and appropriately to the varying needs of children and young people. This in turn will enable you to help them build their resilience so that they can thrive in both life and learning.