Claire Davies, ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) – Together we can make a difference…
We are so fortunate to have our very own ELSA in school. We are one of only a handful of schools in this area to benefit from such a wonderful resource. Ms Celia Day is our ELSA which stands for: Emotional Literacy Support Assistant.
Celia trained to be an ELSA through our Educational Psychologist Service in order to provide bespoke packages of support for individuals and groups of pupils on themes such as: social skills, emotions, bereavement, social and therapeutic stories, anger management and self-esteem. She also provides solution-focused and friendship counselling. The educational psychologist – Sheila Burton is the founder of the ELSA course and this is her website - www.elsa-support.co.uk
Individual objectives are set with the child in partnership with the parent/carer, school SENCo and Class Teacher and ELSA sessions provide the time and space for validation of the child’s feelings and opportunities to work towards a solution. Sessions are child-led and fun, using a range of activities such as: games, role-play, arts and craft. ELSA sessions take place in the ‘Blue Room’ which provides a calm, safe space for the child to feel supported and nurtured.
At Meadlands we have introduced Lego therapy and have three staff who are qualified to lead this. Lego Therapy can help a pupil experiencing difficulties with attention and listening or social communication skills. Please also look at our SEND pages for further information on our offer with regards to SEND and mental health and wellbeing.
'Sika' our PAT dog
We are delighted to have our own PAT Dog (Pets as Therapy). Sika and her owner visit us once a week and pupils who are experiencing difficult emotions or feelings report feeling calmer and happier when Sika is here.
The Horse Rangers Association
We have strong links with The Horse Rangers Association who are based in Hampton. A group of 10 pupils visit the Horse Rangers three times a year. This is a project linked to our ELSA work. The children learn the important values of the Horse Rangers Association, the importance of respect and kindness when looking after animals. They learn how to feed, muck out, groom the horses and the day culminates in an hour ride in Bushy Park.