Emotional Support

Emmbrook ELSA – Emotional Literacy Support Assistant

What is an ELSA?

An ELSA is a specialist teaching assistant with a wealth of experience of working with children. ELSAs are trained and regularly supervised by the Educational Psychologists in your Local Education Authority. An ELSA is a warm and caring person who wants to help your child feel happy in school and to reach their potential educationally.  Their aim is to remove the barriers to learning and to have happy children in school and at home.  At Emmbrook Infant School, we are lucky enough to have 2 trained ELSA’s.  Please do talk to an ELSA in school if you have any problems or concerns with your child.

ELSAs can help with…

  • Identifying Learning Difficulties
  • Loss and Bereavement
  • Improving Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
  • Dealing with Emotions
  • Friendship Issues
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Anger Management
  • Behaviour
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying and Conflict
  • Relaxation Techniques

For more information go to www.elsa-support.co.uk

Typical Problems

A Very Angry Child

An Emmbrook ELSA will take your child through an anger management intervention to help them recognise their anger triggers, techniques to avoid those triggers and calming down techniques.

The Loss of a Beloved Pet

Emmbrook ELSA’s are trained in bereavement and understand that the loss of a pet is probably the first experience of death for your child. They will work with your child to help them feel supported in school.

Reconstituted Families

An Emmbrook ELSA will support your child while they begin to understand, accept and adapt to changes in their family circumstances.

Individual Session

Early Intervention

Sometimes your child may simply want to talk to an Emmbrook ELSA on an ad-hoc basis, if something is on their mind.  This may not warrant a structured intervention.  An Emmbrook ELSA will discuss with your child and help overcome their concerns or worries through regular informal chats.

Structured Sessions

An Emmbrook ELSA will plan a unique set of sessions for your child very carefully. Regardless of why your child is seeing an ELSA, each session will consist of several parts and will run weekly, usually over the course of half a term period.

Emotional check in

This is an opportunity for your child to talk about their feelings openly.

Main activity

We will plan the activity to a learning objective., creating something your child will be able to do at the end of the sessions that they cannot do now. This is usually a ‘I can‘ statement such as ‘I can tell you about my strengths’ (A self-esteem objective). We will encourage your child to tell you about their talents or personal characteristics such as being ‘kind’, ‘caring’, ‘helpful’ or ‘brave’. The child may then make something to reinforce those new strengths.

Relaxation

Your child will be taught relaxation exercises to help get them ready to go back to class.

Group Sessions

Structured Sessions

An Emmbrook ELSA will plan these sessions for your child very carefully. Regardless of why your child is seeing an ELSA, each group session will consists of several parts, the first two parts consists of a circle-time structure where the group will take turns to speak and listen to each other.  Again, an average set of sessions will run weekly, usually over half a term period.

Emotional check in

This is an opportunity for your child to talk about their feelings openly, and how their past week has been.  This can result in the group motivating each other.

Warm up activity

A fun game or activity to help relax your child.

Main activity

This is similar to the individual session but your child will be encouraged to work with other children. This helps with co-operation, social skills, friendship and gives a sense of belonging. A learning objective will be set for the group of children which they will all be able to answer at the end of the sessions.

Relaxation

Your child will be taught relaxation exercises to help get them ready to go back to class.

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