Our Philosophy

THRIVE helps children with physical, communication and developmental differences including children with autism spectrum disorders.  Family-centered care is at the heart of THRIVE. Children and youth from the District of Algoma receive support from a wide range of health care and other professionals.

We work with children and youth, along with their families and the community, to strengthen their abilities and promote their participation as active members of the community.

Partnering for Success

Parents and families play a pivotal role in their child’s development. At THRIVE we use a team approach to supporting children and youth, and we recognize the family as the key member of this team, directing the path of support. This family-centred approach provides quality service in a supportive environment.

  • Active involvement of youth and families in decision-making;
  • Respecting a family’s culture;
  • Mutual respect and honesty;
  • Building on family strengths;
  • Honouring the family’s rights;
  • Family choice;
  • Developing partnerships with youth and families;
  • Learning from one another;
  • Individualized planning;
  • Flexible support, and;
  • Building confidence in children, youth and their families.

We provide services in the child’s natural environment as much as possible: in homes, daycares, schools and community facilities. Services can also be provided at THRIVE.

Through a talented team of therapists, teachers, assistants and support staff, over 1000 children and youth, from birth to age 18, benefit from therapy and support services at our sites in Sault Ste. Marie, Elliot Lake and Wawa. These services, based on principles of best practices, vary depending on the needs of the child, their age and possible diagnosis, and are individualized to meet each child’s specific needs.  Therapists welcome questions and comments and strive to work together with families to assist them in identifying meaningful goals and creating strategies to facilitate individualized programming. Our team is committed to updating their skills and knowledge and to working together with children, youth and their families to achieve their full potential.

For more information, please review our Family-Centred Care Principles.  (active involvement of youth & families in decision-making; respecting a family’s culture; mutual respect and honesty; building on family strengths; honouring the family’s rights; family choice; developing partnerships with youth and families; learning from one another; individualized planning, flexible support; building parenting confidence.)

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