ELSA / ELTA
Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
We have two members of staff in school who are trained ELSA’s. Their role is to support children who may have difficulties in the following areas:
- Emotional awareness
- Social skills
- Friendship skills
- Self esteem
- Anger Management
A class teacher will refer a child who they feel may benefit from some ELSA support. Support may be given on a 1:1 basis or in a small group. The ELSA and class teacher will set clear goals for the child which may be achieved in half a term or may take longer. A review takes place after six weeks between the ELSA and the teacher.
Sessions, which are about twenty minutes long, take place in the ‘Sunshine Room’ and are fun and lighthearted. The activities are very practical and involve lots of games. Once the goals have been achieved it may be decided to stop the sessions and allow time for the child to consolidate and generalise the skills.
Emotional Literacy through the Arts
Children make optimal educational progress if their emotional and psychological needs are met. There are some pupils within Shepherd’s Down who are unable to fully acknowledge their emotions. ETLA will provide a mechanism by which these children can work on expressing themselves more effectively.
The techniques incorporated in ELTA can help children find a way to express difficult emotions in an appropriate and safe way.
There are also children with life limiting medical conditions who benefit from having time to explore their feeling, thoughts, fears and frustrations. ELTA can help find a way to allow the expression of these difficult emotions.
ELTA uses a variety of media such as paint, sand tray, clay and puppets to encourage each child to release suppressed and repressed emotions. Each weekly session is 20 minutes.
ELTA can be used to celebrate a child’s creative successes and boost self expression and self esteem.