THRIVE Service Pathway
THRIVE’s service pathway is based on a life needs/ life span model of service delivery which recognizes that services need to change as children grow. Our service pathway:
- focuses on strengths and needs of children and families,
- focuses on children’s real-world functioning and participation,
- recognizes the importance of providing service options at transition points in the child’s life and,
- recognizes the importance of fostering nurturing and accepting environments to support quality of life and community participation.
Early intervention services at THRIVE involve the parents/primary caregivers as much as the toddler/preschooler. That’s because research strongly demonstrates that young children achieve the best outcomes when their important caregivers take on an active role in the intervention process. THRIVE therapists and program staff help parents/caregivers build their knowledge, skills and confidence through supportive coaching and parent programs. Parents/caregivers learn what they can do to support their young children in all aspects of their daily routines and activities, turning them into learning opportunities.
Transition to School/Foundational Skills
As children approach the transition to school and enter the early school years, our focus is on helping to develop foundational skills which are specific skills that allow children to function meaningfully at home, at school and in the community. Some of these skills may include moving/walking, using hands in work and play, learning to do more for themselves like dressing, understanding more of what you say and being able to say more. The specific skills we work on are unique to each individual child and learning environment and are derived from strengths and priorities identified by families and the THRIVE team. Services may be delivered in a block of 1:1 sessions or in small group sessions, or both.
During this phase, THRIVE staff provide support for the transition to elementary school.
School Years/Applied Skill Development
As children grow and their foundational skills are being established, we begin to move toward applied skill set development. These are skills related to everyday functioning in the real world and reflect the integrated application of foundational skills. Some areas for focus may include activities of daily living, social communication & interaction, the use of technology, leisure and recreation and preparing for the transition to high school. Because children are learning to apply the skills they’ve developed to many different environments, the intervention shifts from fewer 1:1 services to a focus on practical applications accomplished by:
- consultation to home, schools and other appropriate environments
- participation in relevant time-limited group sessions
- blocks of focused, time-limited intervention to fine-tune specific skills.
Teen Years/Mastery of Skills
As children move into the teen years, further focus is placed on mastery of skills across different situations and contexts. The focus begins to shift to competencies for higher education, the workplace and/or community life. Some areas for focus may include developing personal living skills, enhancing social skills, and generally preparing for adult life. Specific goals and priorities are identified by the youth and their family through participation in THRIVE’s Transitions Clinic.
Late Teens/Discharge Planning
Discharge planning support begins at 16 years, and as the young person approaches their 19th birthday, the transition from THRIVE services to community and adult services is facilitated.