Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
My name is Maureen Wells and I have been working at Holywell for almost 14 years. During this time, I have had different roles across the school, including supporting children with additional needs, general classroom support and working with the Special Education Needs Co-ordinator. I have trained as an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA.)
An ELSA is a member of staff who is trained to support children in the development of their emotional literacy.
What is emotional literacy?
- Understanding and coping with feelings about ourselves and others.
- Developing high self-esteem and positive interactions with others.
- Being emotionally literate helps children focus better on their learning.
Some of the areas the ELSA may work on:
- Recognising emotions.
- Friendship skills.
- Anger management.
- Loss and bereavement.
How does the ELSA work?
- A regular slot during the school week for six weeks.
- Sessions can be individual or in small groups and tailored to the child’s individual needs.
- Sessions are fun and might include role-playing, puppets, board games, art & craft & stories.
- They include time to talk.
- A pupil’s progress will be reviewed after six weeks.
As a parent/carer, how can you help?
- By informing the class teacher if there are any issues that may be affecting your child.
- Please feel welcome to contact your child’s teacher or the ELSA if you have any questions.