Mrs McCarthy is a trained ELSA. ELSA stands for Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. This means that she can deliver specifically planned interventions to children who may need support with emotions. Areas covered include anger, behaviour, anxiety, confidence and bereavement.
Mrs McCarthy is also trained in Mental Health First Aid and so some of her ELSA work includes mental health support.
Mrs McCarthy also attends regular training and supervision to ensure her ELSA training is up to date and she can offer the best support. She also meets other ELSAs in the area to support each other and share ideas for interventions.
Never underestimate the power of a drink and a biscuit! All children who attend ELSA are offered a drink and a biscuit where appropriate. This is to help the children to feel relaxed, valued and enable them to enjoy their ELSA time.