What is an ELSA?
ELSAs are Emotional Literacy Support Assistants. They are teaching assistants who have had special training from Educational Psychologists to support the emotional development of children and young people in school. ELSAs have regular professional supervision from Educational Psychologists to help them in their work.
ELSAs help children and young people learn to understand their emotions and respect the feelings of those around them. They provide the time and space for pupils to think about their personal circumstances and how they manage them.
ELSAs help children to develop coping strategies and talk about/understand their feelings.
An ELSA can cover a range of circumstances for example:
• Social Skills
• Friendship Skills
• Anger Management
• Self Esteem
• Loss and Bereavement
For further information, or if you think your child would benefit from ELSA sessions, please speak to your child’s classteacher, Mr. Gale and/or Mrs. Galea.