The Worry Monsters have arrived .
Mrs Hutchinson will be starting her ELSA interventions soon, to support emotional literacy for our pupils.
Mrs Hutchinson said …
‘ I have been lucky enough to have been sent some ‘worry monsters’ for use during these sessions. These are more suitable for lower school use, as you’ll see from the attached picture, but are suitable for a variety of scenarios such as domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse, transgender concerns, body image etc.’
An ELSA in a school is an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. There is a recognised ELSA training course aimed specifically at Teaching Assistants in schools. Examples of things covered on the course are social skills, emotions, bereavement, social stories and therapeutic stories, anger management, self-esteem, counselling skills such as solution focus and friendship.
To find out more about this course, contact the Educational Psychologists in your LEA and ask them if they are running one, if not ask them if it is possible for the future. The founder of ELSA, Sheila Burton, has her own website, ELSA Network site, where there is lots of information about the ELSA Role, so do also have a look on there.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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