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.
Suzi Langran is our ELSA, working with children who need additional support to work through their social and emotional feelings. She works with them on a weekly basis for a term at a time, extending into another term if the staff and child feel it would be beneficial.