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Learning Supports – How to be an ‘elastic band’ in the classroom 2022195F is a Course

Learning Supports – How to be an ‘elastic band’ in the classroom 2022195F

Aug 3, 2022 - Dec 31, 2022

$670 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time

Thursday 4 August 2022, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm

Delivery mode

In person at ISV, 40 Rosslyn St, West Melbourne


This learning event is right for you if you are an educator (teacher, teaching support, leadership) who supports a student who has an learning support officer or learning assistant.  This presentation is best suited to primary school teams.


An elastic band is stretchable and flexible.  It can create space when needed, or closes the gap when appropriate.  How can we use this analogy to inform support for our students? 

This presentation will be user-friendly and engaging, with a strong focus on developing student independence and well-being.  It will cover the challenges an LSO may face, how to navigate student goals, working within the classroom teaching team and clarity regarding your role and boundaries. The overarching goal will be to improve LSO confidence in supporting a student’s independence and coping skills.

Learning Support staff make a significant difference to a student’s learning and coping skills at school. Investing in educating and upskilling LSOs to be goal oriented and confident in their work, will have a flow on effect for their students. This learning event includes practical knowledge that can be applied immediately empowering educators and supporting students.

This learning event supports creating best practice toward meeting the following VRQA standard(s):

  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Student learning outcomes                                                                                

Key takeaways               

  • knowledge about the role and the responsibility of an LSO – managing differing opinions and expectations
  • further understanding of the importance of supporting student’s independence at school.
  • practical strategies to support independence and coping skills and managing a team approach to student supports. 


Presenter information

Emma-Rose Parsons

Emma-Rose Parsons is a psychologist, speaker and board approved supervisor who opened Spectrum House in 2008. She works both in private clinical practice and with schools, assisting teaching teams to find solutions to mental health concerns in the education environment. She enjoys giving interactive and lively presentations, which are practical and meaningful.