‘Supporting children and young people through loss and change.’
We work with:
Who are we?
We are dramatherapists registered with the Health & Care Professions Council. We have many years of experience in working with children and young people affected by loss and change.
What is Dramatherapy?
Dramatherapy is a form of psychological therapy that enables the exploration of feelings and changes in our lives through an indirect and creative approach.
How do we work?
Emotional support so that children and young people can:
For more information please contact Heather Williams Tel: 0208 274 6317
In Music Therapy, the natural responses we have to music are harnessed and used strategically by the Music Therapist to help support social, emotional, behavioural, physical and educational development. Each session and course of therapy is uniquely tailored to the particular needs of the pupil.
In sessions, pupils are encouraged to take part in active music making with the therapist in whichever way they are able to. This may include playing a range of accessible instruments and the use of voice and movement in both familiar and improvised music. Sessions may help with skills such as listening and turn taking, engagement and concentration, co-ordination, emotional regulation, confidence and self-esteem: and can be particularly beneficial for pupils who have difficulties with communication and interaction.
Sessions may take place individually or in small groups, and are regularly reviewed to monitor progress.
Music therapy at St Giles is provided by the UK’s leading music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk
What is an ELSA?
The Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) Project involves Educational psychologists training teaching assistants to provide emotional literacy support programmes to children who have difficulties understanding, identifying and managing their emotions. In recent years there has been a growing recognition that raising standards requires a more holistic view of children’s needs.
An ELSA is a specialist Teaching Assistant who works with children who are showing a range of emotional or social difficulties such as anxiety, low self-confidence, sadness, angry feelings or friendship issues.
ELSAs have been chosen because of their ability to build good relationships with children.
The ELSA discusses with the child’s teachers to set individual objectives for the child. The ELSA will then work with the child, either individually or sometimes in a small group, using activities targeted to the child’s needs.
Mrs Gill Kramer is our nominated ELSA. She has worked with children in her role as Teaching Assistant for 28 years and shown all the required personal and professional qualities to become our ELSA.
Following the successful completion of ELSA training Mrs Kramer is now working with children who members of our school community have identified as in need of some additional emotional support.
For more information please contact Gill Kramer via the school office