Parent Support Advisor

Monika

My name is Monika Firago and I am an advanced Drawing and Talking Therapy Practitioner and Parent Support Advisor.

I have worked within a school setting for many years and have lead several successful interventions including Meditation, Drawing & Talking Therapy and Lego Therapy.

I specialise in special needs and social, emotional and mental health needs which I am passionate about as I know how important it is to have a healthy mind.

Although I work predominately within a school setting, I also practice privately under the name Drawing Together.

Drawing and talking therapy is a therapeutic intervention suitable for children, adolescence and adults which focuses on prevention, early intervention and recovery of mental health issues through therapeutic play work.

Aims of this therapy are:

  • It allows us to build emotional resilience and an understanding of human connection
  • Greater self-esteem
  • Ability to make safe human connections.
  • Feeling happier
  • Reduction in anxieties
  • Better able to access and navigate the world both socially and emotionally
  • Resolution of internal turmoil

I will also be offering parents support and advice in my role as PSA.  I support children, young people and families facing a range of challenges. By helping at an early stage, my work aims to prevent more serious problems arising in the future.

Parenting isn’t an easy job and at times things can get extremely tough. I am here to help parents to deal with any worries they may have. I can’t promise to have all the answers but my aim is to work with parents and families to find them, and then to provide support through the process. I can also help by signposting to services and other agencies for help with specific problems, and can meet at school.

If you have any questions or would like to meet please contact me by email: psa@alpington.norfolk.sch.uk or contact the school office 01508 480335.

My working day is Friday.

Websites offering support to parents:-

https://www.justonenorfolk.nhs.uk/ (Child and Young People’s Health Services)

www.youngminds.org.uk (Child and Adolescent Mental Health)

www.familylives.org.uk (Parenting Advice and Support)

www.leewaysupport.org (Support for anyone experiencing domestic abuse)

*National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

www.adhdandautism.org

www.adhdnorfolk.org.uk

The above two organisations offer advice regarding adhd and autism, whether or not there is a formal diagnosis.

The South Norfolk Early Help Hub provides advice and support on a wide range of issues including housing, benefits and managing debt (01508 533933).