Thrive's Learning Model

Thrive prides itself in providing our learners with teaching methods and strategies that are founded in research and are proven to provide benefit.  Thrive’s instructional model is play-based and student’s learning targets are incorporated into play routines and enriched opportunities.

Interdisciplinary Instructional Model: At Thrive we believe in a completely individualized instructional model for our students.  We apply evidenced-based practices across disciplines for the most comprehensive intervention. The following are examples specific components of teaching that your child will have exposure to:

  • Naturalized Environment Teaching-  An instructional method that involves working in an environment that the child encounters in their everyday life, or an environment that the child prefers.
  • Pivotal Response Training (PRT)- A play based approach to teach language, play and social connections.
  • Errorless Learning- a specific technique which eliminates student error by providing an early prompting to technique to insure student success.
  • Proactive Sensory Diet- A prescribed diet specifically designed to meet the sensory processing needs of the individual diet.  The strategies, frequency and implementation are designed by the leading Occupational Therapist in collaboration with the Expert Care Team.
  • Circles of Communication- an approach to communication and learning that “opens” the circle by acknowledging the child’s interest/activities, following the child’s lead, extending and playing through the activity in a supportive manner, and then “closing” the circle when the child reciprocates through actions/communication.

How We Do It

How do we create such grand impact on such little learners? Easy! We rely on evidenced based practices as the guiding principles coupled with the expansive experience of our team of Early Childhood Educators, Intervention Specialists, Behavior Analysts, Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists along with our expertly trained staff.

Our classroom model is inclusive of 1:1, small group and whole group instruction. With related services of speech  and occupational therapy threaded throughout learning activities, your child has access to a totally comprehensive learning package. The traditional model of intensive but separate therapies makes generalization for the learner more difficult and since all activities are overlapping at Thrive Early Learning Center, your child has exposure to content, modeling and repeated practice opportunities across domains simultaneously- which accelerates their skill acquisition.

Our expert therapy services department can also provide individualized therapy outside of the school day, to reinforce learning concepts and further enhance behavioral improvements. Using skillfully derived communication and occupational therapy plans, Thrive related service professionals will develop treatment plans prescriptive to your child’s needs.

Meeting your, and your child’s, expectations

  • Every child at Thrive has a team of professionals behind the scenes developing an educational plan prescribed specifically to meet their needs.
  • Upon student intake, assessments are conducted to determine your child’s strength areas, emerging areas, and deficit areas.
  • Your Expert Care Specialists use these results to develop your child’s learning profile and treatment plan.
  • You can expect a comprehensive care program that addresses emerging and deficit areas across domains.
  • At Thrive, your child’s exposure to these domains is not limited to 1:1 therapy time with individual providers.
  • Behavior therapy includes speech and occupational therapy targets and our related service providers prescribe our play routines to include multiple opportunities for language and motor activities.
  • Targets are never isolated, but rather embedded into functional routines and play.