WHAT IS AN ELSA?
An ELSA is a specialist, with a wealth of experience of working with children. ELSAs are trained and regularly supervised by the Educational Psychologist within the Local Authority (Wiltshire Council).
An ELSA is a warm and caring person who wants to help children feel happy in school and guide them in reaching their potential within their education.
Their main aim is to remove any barriers children feel they may have towards their learning and ensure they can be happy both at home and in school.
WHAT CAN ELSAs HELP WITH?
- Loss and bereavement
- Social Skills
- Friendship Issues
- Anger Management
- Relaxation Techniques
Emotional Check In – This is an opportunity for the child to talk about how they are feeling on the day of the session.
Main Activity – The ELSA will plan the activity to a learning objective. Something your child will be able to do at the end of the session that they aren’t able to do at the time. This is usually based on an “I CAN…..” statement such as “I can tell you about my personal strengths (a self-esteem objective). The ELSA will encourage the child to tell them about their talents and their personal characteristics, such as being kind, brave or helpful. The child will then make something to reinforce those strengths.
Relaxation – Your child will be taught a relaxation exercise to help them get ready to go back to their learning time in class.
The child will now be able to answer the question “What are your strengths?”
Emotional Check In - This is an opportunity for the child to talk about how they are feeling on the day of the session.
Warm up Activity – A fun game to help relax the children.
This is very similar to the Individual Session; but children will be encouraged to work within a group. This helps with cooperation, social skills, friendship and gives a sense of belonging. A learning objective will be set for the whole group which they will in turn be able to achieve by the end of the session.
Relaxation - Your child will be taught a relaxation exercise to help them get ready to go back to their learning time in class.
A very angry child – The ELSA will take the child through an anger management intervention to help them recognise their anger triggers, techniques they can use to avoid the triggers and calming/deescalating techniques to use in the event of an “anger outburst”.
A loved pet has died – ELSA’s are trained in bereavement and understand that the loss of a pet is probably the first experience of death a child will encounter. They will work with the child to help them feel supported in school.
If you feel your child would benefit from speaking with our ELSA, please speak with the school office to arrange a meeting.
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