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Emotional Support for Children
Mrs Latham, our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) has curated a number of resources which may help you in supporting your child's emotional well being at home.
The ELSA Support Website here has a section about the coronavirus with numerous, free resources that parents might find helpful.
At the bottom of this page you will find a therapeutic story which might be helpful for families to help children to understand the current situation. At the beginning, there are some very useful notes for the adult telling the story. The story is aimed at younger children but older siblings might like to take on the storytelling role and also benefit as a result of this.
You will also find a guide to children's mental health and wellbeing services in Surrey which highlights a range of resources to help maintain your child’s wellbeing and to address any emotional needs, as well as guidance to help you spot early signs.
Wellbeing for Primary Parents:
We are also pleased to share a resource from Dr Alison D'Amario, Educational and Child Psychologist who has recorded a special 30-minute clip for parents of children in Surrey schools, covering three main areas:
- What the research says about the impact of lockdown on emotional well being
- How parents can support their children during lockdown
- Strategies that parents can use to support themselves during lockdown
Finally, for parents and carers struggling with work, home schooling and childcare, we wanted to share this article entitled 'Play is the Therapy We All Need Right Now'. I hope you find it helpful.