School Partnerships

What does Thrive offer schools?

We are a team of Occupational Therapists passionate about working with schools to promote early intervention and to help students aged 4-17 reach their full potential.

Thrive has a particular focus on:

  • social-emotional competence and self-regulation
  • motor skill acquisition
  • handwriting competence
  • sensory processing
  • visual perceptual processing and independence/self-mastery

Why choose Thrive?

  1. Thrive is a specialized Occupational Therapy Consultancy and Therapy practice. This means we are able to customize our programs to suit the needs of your school;
  2. Our OT’s are experienced, having worked in schools and early intervention programs for many years;
  3. We operate from a “capacity building” model, where we aim to empower teachers and parents to be the child’s best advocate.
  4. We offer practical, hands-on solutions that work!
  5. We follow the Australian Early Development Census domains (AEDC) to promote physical health and wellbeing, emotional maturity, social competence and cognitive skills.
  6. Our early intervention programs focus on developing the domains of:
    • Being: by helping children build a strong sense of self;
    • Becoming: by teaching young children independent skills, self-regulation, self-confidence and self-mastery;
    • Belonging: by helping children further develop their sense of belonging by teaching social skills and helping them build healthy relationships.

Why the increased need for our services?

Australia has seen a rise in mental health disorders, developmental delays, learning and behavioural difficulties and autism spectrum disorders. Currently, one in seven (13.9%) children and adolescents aged 4 -17 years have a mental disorder. This is equivalent to an estimated 560,000 Australian children and adolescents.

 ADHD is the most common mental disorder overall.
 Anxiety disorders are the next most common (6.9%)
 Major depressive disorder (2.8%)
 Conduct disorder (2.1%)

Of these children, only one in eight (12.0%), had access to and used school services to help manage their issues. One third (36.0%) of 4 to 17-year-olds needed life skills training. Unfortunately for the majority (60.9%), this need was not met.

Schools play a major role in supporting young people with emotional and behavioural problems and are often where symptoms of mental disorders are first identified.

Thrive’s aim is to enhance the quality of life of children and to significantly reduce these statistics. We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to Thrive!

Consultancy
Benefits

  • Therapists skills can be utilised in a variety of settings;
  • Flexible use of services;
  • Charged at an hourly rate;
  • Specialists only (more than 10 years of paediatric experience);
  • Targeted interventions for teacher capacity building;
  • Outcome measures used to evaluate and determine the efficacy of the practice.

General Developmental Screening Benefits

  • Early Identification of children at risk;
  • Identifies strengths as well as areas needing development;
  • Provides immediate accommodations for the classroom;
  • Provides immediate strategies for parents to do at home;
  • Offers standardised scores that can be measured across time.

Formal Assessment & Intervention Benefits

  • Provides targeted, specific intervention based on formal standardized testing;
  • Provides outcome measures showing the student’s progress over time;
  • Parent education provided in that it focuses on empowering the parent to follow through with strategies at home;
  • Teacher education provided with a focus on realistic strategies and classroom management;