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Learning Supports – be an ‘elastic band’ in the classroom 2024023F is a Course

Learning Supports – be an ‘elastic band’ in the classroom 2024023F

Apr 23, 2024 - Dec 31, 2024

$770 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time

Tuesday 23 April 2024, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm

Delivery mode

In person at ISV, 40 Rosslyn St, West Melbourne


Primary School Team, Teacher, Teaching Support, School Leader


An elastic band is stretchable and flexible. It can create space when needed, or close 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 their 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 and classroom teachers. This learning event includes practical knowledge that can be applied immediately empowering educators and supporting students.

Key takeaways               

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

Presenter information

Emma-Rose Parsons      

A thriving mental health can make the world of difference and it’s Emma-Rose’s passion to work in this space. 

Emma-Rose loves the variety in her role. To highlight her areas of practice, she currently:

  • consults at her psychology clinics
  • supports school teams to understand the nuances of neurodivergent students
  • supervises other psychologists locally and interstate
  • presents to schools, local community groups, at conferences and seminars
  • assists workplaces to better understand mental health and to better engage and support neurodivergent team members.

ALL with a particular interest in creating a neuro-affirming community, where difference is celebrated and understood. 

As the director of Spectrum House Psychology and Emma-Rose Consulting and a Co-Director of the Paediatric Health Collective, she has been working in this space for 20+ years, both in Australia and abroad. 

Although her work is naturally grounded by science, it is designed to be interactive, engaging, and even a little fun! Mental health can be a heavy topic and Emma-Rose aims to present information in an easily digestible manner, that at heart is applicable and user-friendly.

When not working in the mental health space, Emma-Rose has a love for parenting her two sons, camping, and ultra trail running.

Link(s) to relevant VRQA Standards 

  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Student learning outcomes