Hello, I am Mrs Linley!
I am a level 3 Teaching Assistant. I'm also qualified with Level 2 in Autism and ADHD. I am a fully trained and registered ELSA at St. Antony's RC Primary School and currently studying - counselling in child and adolescents at level 4.
I wanted to tell you a little about what ELSA is, as I support children across the school and children and parents often ask the question ‘what is ELSA?’
ELSA stands for Emotional, Literacy Support Assistant.
I am trained to work with children who have shown a wide range of emotional or social difficulties, for example - anxiety, low self esteem, problems with anger etc. I work closely with teachers to set clear objectives for the individual child. I will then work on these objectives individually with the child in a session lasting 30/45 minutes for a term. I may increase the sessions for a few weeks if further support is needed.
ELSA Sessions are tailored and planned to meet the needs of the child. They’re fun and creative to engage and motivate the children.
I may use a range of activities throughout the session like, games, cake decorating, crafts listening and talking.
Some of the crafts made are a great way to model social situations and help the children to open up about how they’re feeling in different circumstances.
Some of the issues covered in the sessions may be - relationships, recognising emotions, social skills, friendships issues, self esteem, understanding anger, loss and bereavement, anxiety, coping strategies, building resilience, bullying issues.
Your child’s progress will be monitored closely throughout the program. If the child, parents/carer feels the child needs further support the school has access to a range of external support services.
At St Antonys School we want the best for our children and mental health and well-being is the top priority.
ELSA’s also receive ongoing training and support from Educational Psychologists.
If you feel you want to know more about ELSA or you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me on your child’s class DOJO.