ELSA – Together we can make a difference…
We are so fortunate to have our very own ELSAs in school and we have a room dedicated to support the work they do with our children. We are one of only a handful of schools in this area to benefit from such a wonderful resource. Mrs Tollett and Mrs Teasdale are our ELSAs which stands for: Emotional Literacy Support Assistant.
They both trained to be an ELSA through our Educational Psychologist Service in order to provide bespoke packages of support for individuals and groups of children on themes such as: social skills, emotions, bereavement, social and therapeutic stories, anger management and self-esteem. The educational psychologist – Sheila Burton is the founder of the ELSA course and this is her website - www.elsa-support.co.uk
Individual objectives are set with the child in partnership with the parent/carer, school SENCo and Class Teacher. ELSA sessions provide the time and space for validation of the child’s feelings and opportunities to work towards a solution.
Sessions are child-led and fun, using a range of activities such as: games, role-play, arts and craft. ELSA sessions take place in the ‘Treehouse Room’ which provides a calm, safe space for the child to feel supported and nurtured.
Here are some books that we could use in ELSA sessions with the children